May 8th 2017 The Time for a Moratorium is Now

QUEEN’S PARK –MPP Jim McDonell challenged the Minister of Education today during Question Period following the education review committee meeting in Merrickville, last Friday.   “The meeting was a complete disappointment” MPP McDonell stated. “Stakeholders highlighted that it was simply too little too late. Unless a moratorium saves the schools currently slated for closure, by […]

May 5th 2017 Government Votes Against Enhancing Student Safety

QUEEN’S PARK – During the Committee stage of Bill 65, the Government voted against a Progressive Conservative amendment that would have significantly increased student safety – ostensibly the reason for Bill 65 in the first place.   “School bus camera evidence against reckless blow-by drivers should be admissible in court, instead today it has no […]

May 1st 2017 MPP McDonell Encourages Local Attendance at Merrickville School Closure Consultation

QUEEN’S PARK – The government appointed a panel of three MPPs drawn from the Liberal caucus only to review rural education and the panel’s meeting schedule has just been released. The closest meeting to the Cornwall and SD&G region will be held this Friday night, May 5th, 6.30pm at the Eastons Corners / Merrickville-Woldford Community Centre, […]

May 1st 2017 Monthly Column – The Long Awaited 2017 Budget

  The government presented its budget on the last Thursday of the month. It contains several funding promises, re-announcements of previously committed infrastructure funds, as well as a plan for universal drug coverage for Ontarians under 25. While the government would like us to believe that they have solved their spending problem, they still have an operating […]

Apr 27th 2017 Liberal budget another expensive shell game

QUEEN’S PARK – The Government presented its budget today in the Legislature. Despite claims of the government achieving budget balance, the PC Caucus highlights that an operational deficit of $5 billion has not gone anywhere and has been covered through one-time cash injections and creative accounting, such as adding $500 million in pension assets to […]

Apr 25th 2017 Minister of Health Struggles to Provide Excuses for CCH Overcrowding

QUEEN’S PARK – During Question Period, MPP Jim McDonell demand the Minister of Health account for the continued overcrowding situation at Cornwall Community Hospital, where occupancy rates have been as high as 138% with patients accommodated in hallways and any space the staff could find.   “This government spent more than a decade giving with […]

Apr 10th 2017 Government Must Take Action At Hydro One

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell demanded the Minister of Energy stop acting as a Hydro One salesperson and instead focus on acting in the public interest as the majority shareholder of Hydro One.   “The Ontario government owns the majority of Hydro One shares” MPP McDonell commented. “They have no excuse for tolerating obscene […]

Apr 6th 2017 Stop Partisan Government Ads

Petition To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario   WHEREAS   since 2006, the Auditor General of Ontario had been responsible for reviewing all government advertising to ensure it was not partisan; and   WHEREAS   in 2015, the government watered down the legislation, removing the ability of the Auditor General to reject partisan ads and […]

Mar 20th 2017 Coming Soon to a Location Near You

Last week, we saw provincial government members fanning out across the province to broadcast the news of their latest energy scheme – the 17% cut to hydro bills paid for by mortgaging more of our children’s future. This week they launched an expensive advertising campaign on the public dime promoting their plan.  Just two years […]

Mar 7th 2017 Government Votes Against Preserving Rural Public Education

QUEEN’S PARK – The government just voted down an Opposition Day Motion by Official Opposition leader Patrick Brown that called for a moratorium on all school closures in Ontario and a full review of the Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines issued to school boards by the Ministry of Education.   “The PC Caucus and I have […]

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