Apr 29th 2016 Monthly Column – April 2016

April was another tough month for the governing Liberal government.  They seemed to be constantly on the defensive as they cut autism and demonstrative school programs, dealt with the political donation fallout, and  pushed through the budget, Ontario Pension Plan, and cap and trade legislation.   Many feel that the political donation issue was actually […]

Apr 21st 2016 Questions Remain About Minister Orazietti’s Public Appointments

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell continued questioning the Minister of Government and Consumer Services today regarding the Minister’s dubious public appointments practices revealed in a leaked document.   “Minister Orazietti or his office gave direction to public servants to appoint an individual to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) who should not have […]

Apr 18th 2016 Minister Orazietti’s Board Appointments Being Questioned By His Own Senior Ministry Officials

QUEEN’S PARK – Today during Question Period, the Ontario PC Caucus revealed that Minister of Government and Consumer Services David Orazietti has been appointing individuals from his own riding to government boards – ignoring the concerns of senior Ministry staff. Jim McDonell, the Ontario PC Critic for Government and Consumer Services and MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South […]

Apr 13th 2016 Liberal Budget Bill Makes Ontarians’ Lives Less Affordable

QUEEN’S PARK – The majority liberal Government passed its Budget Bill today without the support of the Official Opposition or the Third Party.   “The Liberals rejected all opposition amendments to the budget Bill that would have preserved tax credits Ontarians rely on and strengthened accountability measures around the current Government’s planned cash grabs” MPP […]

Mar 22nd 2016 North Stormont Wind Project Should Be Cancelled

QUEEN’S PARK – Following the Minister of Energy’s failure to answer a direct question about the IESO’s approval of an industrial wind turbine project in North Stormont, an unwilling host community, MPP McDonell summoned the Government to answer with a Notice of Dissatisfaction.   “Members who are not satisfied with the answer given by a […]

Mar 11th 2016 MPP McDonell Tables Motion for Local Drivers

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell submitted a motion in the Legislature Thursday calling on the Ministry of Transportation to ‎bring down the unacceptable wait time for a medical reinstatement of a driver’s license.   The Motion reads: In the opinion of this House, the Ministry of Transportation should institute a five business day service guarantee […]

Mar 10th 2016 MPP McDonell Stands Up for North Stormont Residents

QUEEN’S PARK – In the wake of the news that the Independent Electricity System Operator approved a 100MW wind turbine project in North Stormont, MPP Jim McDonell questioned the Minister of Energy on the Government’s empty commitment to listen to municipalities and their residents.   “Just before I asked my question, the Liberals said they […]

Mar 3rd 2016 Special Needs Students Frozen Out of Opportunity

QUEEN’S PARK – The Government’s review of demonstrative schools, which provide specialized education services to children with special needs such as deafness, blindness and dyslexia among others, is causing schools to not accept any new students or, as it is being called in correspondence to parents, freezing their intake.   “Local students with special needs are […]

Mar 2nd 2016 ServiceOntario fee increases not justified

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP JIM McDonell questioned Minister Orazietti today regarding ServiceOntario’s planned focus on digital services without a concurrent reduction in processing fees. “The Government expects all fees to be indexed to inflation, however the fee and license revenue is projected to have increased by 30% since 2013, way above the rate of inflation” […]

Feb 28th 2016 Column – MPP’s Welcomed Back with Early February Budget

By Jim McDonell   On Thursday, the Liberal government delivered the 2016/2017 budget, almost a full two months earlier than last year.  Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but it was also the same day that the former Premier’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff appeared in court for breach of trust and […]

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