Feb 28th 2013 Legislature Passes Wage Freeze Bill

QUEEN’S PARK – In a cliffhanger 36-35 vote, the Legislative Assembly today passed the Ontario PC wage freeze bill in Second Reading.   MPP Jim McDonell commented: “This is a powerful sign. Our Province requires urgent and decisive action to stop the slide into a deeper debt hole. A united Ontario PC Caucus stood up […]

Feb 28th 2013 “Enough is Enough” – Contractors Rally at Queen’s Park

Today MPP Jim McDonell and other members of the PC Caucus welcomed hundreds of contractors and construction industry employees protesting the implementation of Bill 119. The Bill mandates that construction companies insure with the WSIB despite having long-standing relationships with private insurers.   MPP Jim McDonell states: “Their slogan – Enough is Enough – shows […]

Feb 26th 2013 We Must Protect Extra-Curriculars

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario PCs want to ensure extra-curricular activities do not become bargaining chips in future labour disputes and to protect committed and passionate teachers from being forced by their union to withdraw from activities.   MPP Jim McDonell wholeheartedly supports today’s Opposition Day Motion: “For the past seven months, Ontario students and […]

Feb 21st 2013 Ontarians Deserve the Truth on Power Plants

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario PC Caucus continues to pressure the Liberal Government to come clean regarding the 2011 campaign decision to cancel two gas-fired power plants, at a cost to Ontario taxpayers of over $1 billion. The Liberal Campaign Team apparently made the decision to save four vulnerable Liberal-held ridings. Premier Kathleen Wynne co-chaired […]

Feb 19th 2013 Throne Speech Spells Out Disappointing Government Agenda

QUEEN’S PARK – Earlier today the Government outlined this session’s legislative agenda through the traditional Speech from the Throne. MPP Jim McDonell was hoping to hear that Premier Kathleen Wynne would change direction away from the failed tax and spend polices of the McGuinty Government and present a credible, measurable plan for reversing the trend […]

Feb 15th 2013 Paths to Prosperity – Respect for Rural Ontario

CORNWALL – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell greeted Thursday’s release of the new Ontario PC White Paper Paths to Prosperity – Respect for Rural Ontario. He emphasized the need to place agriculture at the heart of Ontario’s economic recovery: “Ontario can lead Canada in job creation again, but for that to happen, the vital role […]

Feb 15th 2013 ORNGE’s suppliers are going to jail; Premier must allow investigation – MPP Jim McDonell

CORNWALL – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell is calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to re-establish the parliamentary inquiries into the gas plant cancellations and the ORNGE air ambulance service following reports of the arrests in Italy on charges of international corruption of the former and current CEOs of Agusta Westland, whose questionable helicopter supply […]

Feb 11th 2013 MPP Jim McDonell Takes Second Street Hospital Site Issue to Legislature

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell is demanding that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care conduct a study on the future need of long-term care beds and community care in our region before any final decision is made on the future or sale of the Second Street site. “I have written to the Minister of […]

Feb 8th 2013 “Wynne Cannot Continue McGuinty’s Legacy of Failure” – MPP McDonell

CORNWALL – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell was disappointed to read the latest release from Statistics Canada, which showed 43,000 jobs lost in Ontario’s private sector in the month of January. MPP McDonell states: “I am very concerned by the incoming Premier’s repeated statement that she intends to continue the McGuinty legacy, which includes having […]

Feb 7th 2013 “It Is Time We Got the Healthcare Value We Pay For” – MPP McDonell

CORNWALL – As Ontario faces great fiscal challenges and patient outcomes in the healthcare system stagnate, the Ontario PC Caucus presents a new path to ensure Ontarians enjoy the best health and healthcare modern technology and approaches can offer. Titled “Paths to Prosperity – A Healthier Ontario”, the White Paper acknowledges the need for a […]

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