Nov 2nd 2012 Riding Report – The Prorogation of the Ontario Legislature

It has been just over a year since the last Ontario election and no one could have foretold the chain of events that would lead up to last month’s prorogation of the Legislature and the resignation of Dalton McGuinty and so far, two of his key cabinet ministers, Chris Bentley and Dwight Duncan. All a […]

Nov 1st 2012 MPPs McDonell and Barrett sit down with social service representatives

Over the past week, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett has been travelling Eastern Ontario garnering views on the recently-released report on social assistance. Barrett who is also the Community and Social Services Critic was in Cornwall this morning, in colleague MPP Jim McDonell’s riding, to hear from representatives who work with a variety of people in […]

Oct 17th 2012 Documents Implicate Cabinet and Premier in Power Plant Fiasco

QUEEN’S PARK – References to “Project Vapour”, cited by senior bureaucrats and the Premier’s Chief of Staff are included in the second document release on the Mississauga and Oakville gas-fired power plant cancellations. The documents indicate the existence of a Cabinet minute – a note for the record emerging from a Cabinet meeting – that […]

Sep 26th 2012 Motive to McGuinty’s secrecy is becoming clear

On August 27, fellow PC MPP Rob Leone asked the Speaker to rule on a point of order, sighting that his parliamentary privilege had been breached by the Minister of Energy for refusing to follow a May 2012 order issued by the Estimates Committee compelling the Minister to table all documents related to the cancellation […]

Sep 25th 2012 Minister Defiant of the Legislature – MPP Jim McDonell

QUEEN’S PARK – The McGuinty Government failed in its opportunity to come clean regarding the most expensive seat saver program in Ontario history in the wake of yesterday’s deadline for the Energy Minister to release all documents surrounding the gas plant fiascos in Oakville and Mississauga. The Minister chose to remain defiant of the direct […]

Sep 19th 2012 Ontario PCs Stand Up for Municipalities and Taxpayers

QUEEN’S PARK – Unaffordable arbitration settlements for public employees will become a thing of the past upon passage of PC MPP Jim Wilson’s Bill 121, “An Act to Deal With Arbitration in the Public Sector”. The Act will compel arbitrators to consider a municipality’s ability to pay for a demanded public pay raise before issuing […]

Sep 13th 2012 McGuinty Fumbles on Fiscal Restraint – MPP Jim McDonell

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell put the Government’s commitment to reining in deficit spending to the test today with a Private Member’s motion. The motion would have instructed the Government to enact an immediate broader public sector wage freeze and address the loopholes that allowed 98% of public sector managers to receive bonus pay. […]

Sep 11th 2012 More Frontline Patient Care, Fewer Bureaucrats: MPP Jim McDonell

“The health care system in Ontario today is complex, inefficient and difficult for patients to navigate. The ideal system would operate more like a smart phone, still complex, but simple to use because the designers have gotten the engineering right.” – Paths to Prosperity: Patient-Centred Health Care   QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario needs bold action […]

Aug 29th 2012 Jim McDonell Calls McGuinty Government to Task Over Wage Freeze

QUEEN’S PARK – Jim McDonell, MPP tabled a motion today that calls upon the McGuinty Government to impose a fair, across-the-board public sector wage and bonus freeze for at least two years. McDonell commented: “Dalton McGuinty talks restraint, but delivers more wasteful spending. The current debate over teacher’s compensation further proves this Government’s failure at […]

Aug 22nd 2012 MPP Garfield Dunlop visits Cornwall during his “Helping Ontarians Enter Skilled Trades” Tour

Today, Garfield Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North and PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform and Jim McDonell, MPP, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, held a roundtable discussion to hear concerns related to skilled trades with the Seaway Valley Construction & Trades Association. Among the issues discussed were the apprenticeship system, compulsory certification, proposed membership fees for […]

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