Aug 11th 2016 Tell the Government To Take Action on Electricity Rates

Ontarians’ electricity bills are growing. Administrative, regulatory and other charges amount to more than the actual cost of power consumed. This must stop!

Aug 11th 2016 MPP Jim McDonell Demands Action on Unaffordable Electricity Rates

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell is calling on the Ontario Government to take immediate action regarding the skyrocketing cost of electricity in Ontario.   “I have launched a petition calling upon the Liberal Government to come to their senses and stop their failed energy policies that have driven electricity costs to unaffordable levels, forcing many […]

Jul 26th 2016 Ontario’s Debt Now Over $300 Billion

CORNWALL – According to fiscal projections released by the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, Ontario’s total provincial debt surpassed the $300 billion mark on Monday. By the Financial Accountability Officer’s estimates the debt will grow to $350 billion by 2020.   “The Liberal Government has mortgaged our Province’s future with nothing to show for it,” MPP Jim […]

Jun 28th 2016 Public Outcry Forces Liberal Backpedal on Autism Funding Cuts

CORNWALL – Following months of relentless advocacy by the Ontario Autism Coalition, parents, charities, and opposition parties, the Ontario Government reinstated direct Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy funding for families of autistic children over the age of five.  Earlier this year, the Government had removed direct IBI funding for all children over the age of […]

Jun 8th 2016 MPP McDonell Tables Motion to Make Life Easier for Ontarians Applying for ID

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell (PC Critic – Government & Consumer Services) tabled a motion in the Legislature today asking the Government to reverse course on recent policy changes that resulted in many Ontarians having unwanted names printed on their provincial ID documents such as health cards.   “Many Ontarians go by a name […]

Jun 7th 2016 Op-Ed: Payday Lending Addresses a Credit Market Failure

By Jim McDonell   The Ontario Government has called a vote for the Second Reading of Bill 156, the Alternative Financial Services Statute Law Amendment Act. The Bill changes the framework within which collections agencies, payday lenders, cheque cashing services and lease-to-own providers operate.   Few could argue that the fees and costs incurred by users […]

Jun 6th 2016 MPP McDonell Pleased Service Ontario Offices to Remain Open – For Now

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell (PC Critic – Government & Consumer Services) is pleased that the planned closure of nine Service Ontario locations has been put on hold pending further review.   “Local communities came out in force against this plan,” MPP McDonell stated. “Hundreds of constituents signed petitions to save their local Service […]

Jun 5th 2016 Column: Government Reviewing Service Ontario Closures

by Jim McDonell   May was a tough month for the Liberal government as they responded to the questions on election fundraising, accountability, environmental legislation and cuts in services, special education and health care.   Pushback on the closure of nine Service Ontario sites may have forced this government to rethink its plan.  The ministry […]

May 31st 2016 Liberal Government’s Secrecy Harms the Public

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) highlighted how the current Government’s “broader pattern” of secrecy and frequent refusal to provide information is “impeding the ability of MPPs to perform their constitutional duties”.   “The Liberal Government has established a reputation for obstruction and resistance to any transparency measure” MPP McDonell stated. “The Financial […]

May 27th 2016 MPP McDonell Demands Government Invest in Accessible, Assisted Living and Long-Term Care

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell is calling upon the Ontario Government to step up to the plate and focus on ensuring Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry is has a sufficient supply of accessible and assisted living options for community members who need them.   “The Ontario Government has failed seniors and other Ontarians in need of accessible and […]

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