Jul 27th 2017 Monthly Column – Facts Stack Up Against Government Policy

As the government travels across the province handing out taxpayers’ money, the news is not all positive for Ontario’s economic future. The closing of the Siemens wind turbine plant in Tillsonburg, resulting in the loss of 340 good-paying manufacturing jobs, is just the latest plant closing in Ontario. It adds credibility to the findings of […]

Jul 14th 2017 Businesses Sound Alarm on Jobs and Labour Reform at Committee

CORNWALL – At a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs collecting feedback on Bill 148, which enacts significant reforms of Ontario’s labour market, business advocates stressed their unease with Ontario’s regulatory burden and increasingly uncompetitive business environment.   “The Kingston Chamber of Commerce stated their members are afraid of what […]

Jul 12th 2017 Letter to the Editor – June Job Numbers

Editor,   The report by Statistics Canada on job creation in the month of June should ring many alarm bells, especially within the Government caucus and in the head of every worker in Ontario. The Ontario economy lost over 11,000 full-time jobs which can’t be made up for by part-time work. Moreover, June took away […]

Jul 12th 2017 Important changes to travel industry regulations

CORNWALL – The Ontario government is planning to reform the Travel Industry Act and is proposing several changes, including:   Charging consumers an extra fee for the Travel Industry Compensation Fund Allowing TICO, an arm’s–length entity regulating the travel industry, to levy Administrative Monetary Penalties Broadening TICO’s power to enter premises and inspect both regulated […]

Jul 7th 2017 Liberals force local businesses and organizations out of Bill 148 consultations

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell drew the public’s attention today to the flawed process used to select locations and presenters for public consultations on Bill 148 by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which implements major reforms in labour legislation.   “The Liberals, using their majority on the Committee, rejected the PC Caucus’ calls […]

Jun 1st 2017 Environment Ministry Ignoring Ontarians’ Complaints

QUEEN’S PARK – Documents obtained by citizens’ groups opposed to Industrial Wind Turbine developments in their communities through Freedom of Information requests show the Ministry of the Environment is deliberately ignoring Ontarians’ complaints regarding excessive turbine noise. Over 2,000 expressions of concern have not been answered, despite the Ministry’s obligation to address such concerns before […]

May 19th 2017 Cost of gas plant scandal more than doubles to over $3B, hitting ratepayers

QUEEN’S PARK – It turns out the $1.2 billion price tag revealed by the Auditor General in 2015 for the Liberal gas plant scandal is just the beginning. Now ratepayers will be on the hook for an additional $1.56 billion to pay for the replacement gas plants in Sarnia and Napanee, according to reports.   “The […]

May 17th 2017 Petition – Stop Pickets at Group Homes

Petition To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:   WHEREAS Community Living provides essential residential services and care for vulnerable Ontarians; and WHEREAS group home residents and staff deserve a peaceful and nurturing environment in order to function at their best; and WHEREAS picketing of group homes is currently allowed during labour disputes; and WHEREAS the […]

May 16th 2017 Spelling “Debt” in Twelve Words

QUEEN’S PARK – As the Legislature votes on the provincial Budget, MPP Jim McDonell sets the record straight on what is at stake.   “Residents will hear many assertions by the government regarding this vote and they deserve the truth” MPP McDonell stated. “The Legislature is not being asked to vote on the 330-page Budget […]

May 9th 2017 Liberals Vote Against Ethics

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario PC Caucus announced an eight-point Accountability and Ethics Action Plan to promote fairness in politics and government, including provisions to make government advertising more accountable and a ban on unethical lobbying practices, such as Ministerial staff soliciting donations from Ministry stakeholders.   “The government talks tough, but creates loopholes for […]

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