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 […]

Feb 26th 2016 Health Care Takes A Hit In 2016 Budget

CORNWALL – The 2016 Ontario Budget short-changes Ontarians on healthcare, MPP Jim McDonell said today.   “Pre-Budget Consultations Participants across the province and in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry described a health system that needs to be re-focused on the patients’ needs through immediate action, not words” MPP McDonell commented. “It is clear the Government never intended to […]

Feb 26th 2016 Liberal Budget Ignores Agriculture

CORNWALL – The Ontario Budget is reducing the agriculture Ministry’s budget from $943 million to $916 million.   “Year after year, this government ignores agriculture in the budget,” MPP McDonell stated. “This government delayed implementing the part of its local food initiative that would allow farmers to donate to food banks and now they are cancelling […]

Feb 25th 2016 Liberals Make Ontarians Pay for Government’s Mismanagement

QUEEN’S PARK – Seniors will have to pay 70% more for their drug plan deductible and the cost of filling prescriptions will rise by $1 across the board. These are just two of the provisions of the Ontario 2016 Budget.   “This Budget attempts to balance the books on the back of Ontarians”, MPP McDonell commented. […]

Feb 22nd 2016 MPP Hardeman Reminds Minister of Finance of Municipalities’ Needs

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Ernie Hardeman, PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, delivered a letter to Finance Minister Charles Sousa regarding the Liberal Government’s record of cutting municipal support programs such as the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund and Connecting Links while expecting municipalities to increase taxation in order to make up the shortfall in anticipation […]

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