Apr 10th 2013 Only the Ontario PCs Stand With Ontario’s Tradespeople

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario PC Caucus today called for the Government to scrap the College of Trades, which charges mandatory membership fees to tradespeople and contractors, yet delivers no service. The Opposition Day Motion, moved by PC Apprenticeship Reform Critic Garfield Dunlop, was defeated by a coalition of Liberal and NDP members. MPP Jim […]

Apr 8th 2013 It Is Time To Get Serious About Job Creation

  Last month, Ontario’s private sector lost 58,000 jobs, the largest decline since the recession. March also marked the 75th consecutive month that Ontario’s unemployment rate was higher than the national average. With Ontario’s economy in serious trouble and after more than six years of below average performance, one would expect to see our provincial […]

Mar 18th 2013 Back to Work to Put Ontario on Track

The Legislature returned to action with a new Premier and a new Throne Speech.  Our leader, Tim Hudak had met with Kathleen Wynne, requesting immediate action to address the debt crisis facing Ontario and help for the 600,000 Ontarians looking for work.  Unfortunately, the Throne Speech indicated a plan that continues to ignore the harsh […]

Mar 8th 2013 Gas Tax Must Be Shared With Rural Ontario

CORNWALL – On Thursday, March 7, The Ontario PC Caucus, joined by several NDP members, secured the passage in Second Reading of MPP John Yakabuski’s Gasoline Tax Fairness for All Act. MPP Jim McDonell was pleased to see the Bill passed, considering the Liberals’ opposition. MPP McDonell commented: “Rural Ontarians pay the same gas tax […]

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 […]

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