Apr 26th 2012 A “Negative” Outlook Means Ontario is on the Wrong Path

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s highlighted how dented their confidence is in the Liberal Government’s fiscal management, by setting the credit outlook on Ontario’s debt as “negative”. S&P cited “continued weak budgetary and debt metrics” as one reason for their downgrade – they don’t find the Government’s numbers, forecasts or economic measurements credible. Local MPP […]

Apr 24th 2012 McGuinty Budgeting for Trouble

The NDP hammered out an eleventh-hour deal with the governing Liberals to allow the McGuinty Government to pass the 2012 Budget. Jim McDonell, MPP was not surprised: “Both parties have an appetite for tax-and-spend policies and we can see it in the details of the deal that were made available. The additional $1 billion (estimate) […]

Apr 24th 2012 Video – Shurman debunks the 2012 Liberal Budget
Apr 19th 2012 McDonell Speaks for Tenants

Jim McDonell, MPP rose to speak in the Assembly on Monday and Tuesday on Bill 19, a proposed law that would amend the Residential Tenancies Act. If passed, it would set the maximum rent increase guideline at 2.5% annually. “This Bill plays politics with vulnerable tenants” – McDonell said. The actual average rent increase of […]

Apr 11th 2012 Toward a Real Jobs Plan For Ontario

“PC Leader Tim Hudak (has) said that without any serious spending cuts, job creation plan or mandatory wage freeze, his party simply couldn’t accept the Liberal plan.” – The Toronto Sun, April 4, 2012 With new StatsCan numbers showing Ontario’s unemployment rate higher than the national average for the 63rd consecutive month – and no […]

Mar 29th 2012 Province Needs Jobs and Growth

On Tuesday, March 27, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell entered the provincial Budget lock-up, expecting to see a plan for creating jobs and ensuring economic growth. McDonell could not hide his disappointment with this year’s Budget which has spending up over $1.8 billion and no appreciable reduction in last year’s horrendous deficit of $15.3 billion. […]

Mar 27th 2012 This Budget is Weak

Jim McDonell, MPP expected greater vision and determination from the McGuinty Government in tackling Ontario’s spending crisis. “We see a Budget with no plan for jobs and no moves to contain spending. Expenditures are rising in more than half of the ministries; up almost two billion dollars from last year’s Budget. Our deficit is now […]

Mar 2nd 2012 McDonell stands up for employers

Jim McDonell MPP stood up for Ontario’s job creators, our businesses, by voting with the PC Caucus to reduce Ontario’s corporate tax rate. “Businesses in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry would create much-needed jobs if we gave them the opportunity”, McDonell said. The Ontario Legislature voted today on an Opposition Day Motion by PC Leader Tim Hudak, which […]

Feb 28th 2012 McGuinty Playing Win-Lose Economics with Alberta

Jim McDonell, MPP was not surprised by the recent criticism of Alberta’s oil sands industry by Premier Dalton McGuinty: “The Government is so focused on spending, that they won’t even take time to read Don Drummond’s report, their own handpicked consultant, that’s telling them that they have a spending problem that must be fixed. Alberta […]

Feb 26th 2012 McDonell provides clarity on his position on hiring practices at Cornwall Community Hospital

After reading the editorial in today’s Standard Freeholder, I want to offer further clarity regarding Cornwall Community Hospital and my position on resolving an issue that relates to both the health and tolerance of our community. Over the past number years, the issue of employment equity has been brewing in the community and has erupted […]

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