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November 23, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says that without a Capacity Plan for long-term care, the Liberal government cannot be trusted to deliver the promised beds.Earlier this month, and on the eve of an election, the health minister announced 5,000 new long-term-care beds by 2022, and another 30,000 beds over the next decade.MPP Walker says that announcement was meant to change the channel and hide the Liberals’ r...
November 22, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has presented a petition in the Ontario Legislature calling on the Liberal government to reverse planned school closures.The Petition also calls on the government to review and fix the education funding formula in an effort to stop any further mass closures across rural and Northern communities.“Shuttering 600 schools and then selling them off one by one – as is being do...
November 21, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – In Question Period today, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker voiced concern that more patients are going without access to a primary care provider in our region.There are now 2,168 people without a doctor, up 65 per cent over last year, said Walker.“More constituents are being waitlisted and they’re are waiting longer and longer to find a regular family health care provider,” he said.“The wait...
November 17, 2017

This strike is not fair to students. We're deeply disappointed that half a million students continue to be kept out of the class room. I have personally written to Minister Deb Matthews to urge her to work quickly to help both the Union and the Council representing College management to wrap this up swiftly so that there's no further impact on the students' semester.Since the first day of the strike, my caucus colleagues and I have called on the ...
November 04, 2017

“I am delighted to join our Sikh friends and neighbours in Ontario, Canada, and throughout the world in celebrating the birth of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. “Guru Nanank Dev Ji founded Sikhism on the principles of the equality of all humans, service to community and those in need, and living an honest life. “Our Sikh friends and neighbours are a vital part of Ontario’s multicultural fabric. For over 100 ye...
November 03, 2017

Labour force survey confirms deep economic disparities across the province This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton spoke about the StatsCan monthly Labour Force Survey for October, which was released today. The survey showed an increase to the province’s unemployment rate, with Southwestern and Northern Ontario particularly hard hit. “Southwestern and Northern Ontario has borne the brunt of many poor government po...
November 03, 2017

Yesterday, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey blasted the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in an open letter to residents saying that Brampton’s “health care facilities are currently in crisis.” Mayor Jeffrey’s open letter comes in the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital. Ontario PC Brampton South Candidate Prabmeet Sarkaria joined Mayor J...
November 02, 2017

MPP Ross Romano is calling on the Liberal government today in the legislature to justify their lack of commitment to northern steel production and transportation infrastructure. Back in January, during the Sault Ste. Marie by-election, the Premier attended the city and spoke of the importance of the steel industry to Ontario and to Sault Ste. Marie. As the city’s largest employer, the Premier discussed the on-going Essar Steel Algoma (Algo...
November 01, 2017

“The tragic events of 1984 led to the displacement of countless Sikh families—many of whom resettled here to begin new lives as part of the Canadian family. “We are fortunate to live in a province and nation that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. “Our 200,000-strong Sikh community reflects the values that we cherish in Ontario—tolerance, equality, and diversity.    “...
October 31, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Eric Hoskins, is refusing to say if he will testify before the commission inquiring into the Elizabeth Wettlaufer murders of seniors in long-term care.Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker raised the question today at Queen's Park during question period when he pressed Minister Hoskins to say if he was seeking standing at the public inquiry.“The Minister’s participa...
October 31, 2017

Well connected, senior Liberal insiders were hired to lobby Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa, according to records from Ontario's Integrity Commissioner. The revelations come just one day after Sousa doubled down on his denial of having any involvement in the controversial casino deal. "This controversial casino deal doesn't pass the smell test. With a serious review into money laundering in BC, the public is left scratc...
October 31, 2017

In the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital, the Ontario PCs stood up for Peel Region patients by raising the issue during Question Period.“This government’s mismanagement of the Ontario healthcare system has resulted in a hospital overcrowding crisis,” said Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek who highlighted the Liberals’ 14 year record of mism...
October 30, 2017

The Ontario PCs are calling on Kathleen Wynne to halt the casino deal with Great Canadian Gaming, pending the results of a sweeping police probe into money laundering at its BC casino.   “There is a storm cloud hanging over this bad deal. Internal government documents have revealed suspicions of terrorist financing, while organized crime allegedly laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in hockey bags full of cash through the B...
October 30, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker today delivered a Statement in the Legislature to recognize the long-time service by Dr. Dave Thomson to the patients on the Bruce Peninsula.A copy of his Statement is below.“Last month, I had the honour of joining the Peninsula Family Health Team at the friendship club in Lion’s Head to celebrate Dr. Dave Thomson’s 25 years of medical practice on the peninsula.Fol...
October 27, 2017

“I congratulate Mary on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Kitchener Centre. “Mary brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic PC team. A long-time conservative activist with strong ties to the Coptic community, Mary has experience working within government as an assistant in the regional office for the Hon. Diane Finley. "Her dedication to her community is reflected in her involvement in Zonta I...
October 27, 2017

With the Ontario PC policy convention one month away, Leader Patrick Brown is announcing that only Northern Ontario members can debate and vote on a number of regional specific policy resolutions. “Ontario is a diverse province, but there is no region more unique than the North. That’s why I strongly believe that northerners should have the final say on some of the major issues specific to the region,” said Ontario PC Leader Pa...
October 26, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has voiced concerns from local constituents and businesses over the labour reform bill, known as Bill 148, An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000. This is the legislation that will increase the minimum wage in Ontario. Walker is now encouraging constituents who haven’t yet spoken up to do so via committee hearings that will be taking place from October 30 to N...
October 26, 2017

“The Wynne Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to Ontarians’ electricity bills. Every single time they’ve played games with the electricity sector it has left families working harder, paying more, and getting less.  “Despite Liberal spin, it’s clear: rates will continue to skyrocket to the highest they’ve ever been after the next election. “This reflects what we’ve seen i...
October 26, 2017

Fact-checking the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to our electricity bills. Every single thing they’ve ever touched in the energy sector has left hardworking Ontario families paying more and getting less. Let’s take a look at some of the mistruths the Wynne Liberals spun in the last LTEP: The 2013 LTEP said: “Ontarians are benefitting fro...
October 25, 2017

Bill Mauro, Premier Wynne’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, is uninterested in giving Northern Ontarians an important voice in community planning and housing issues. Earlier this week, a Liberal dominated committee led by Lou Rinaldi, who famously referred to Northern Ontario as “no man’s land,” struck down an Ontario PC amendment that would have guaranteed Northern representati...
October 24, 2017

“This whole episode is but one part of a consistent pattern of political corruption. We’re worried about what they’ve been able to keep hidden and are fearful of what scandal will come next.”

October 24, 2017

Kathleen Wynne has slighted Northerners yet again by refusing to give them an important voice in municipal decision making.A Liberal-dominated Legislative Committee – led by MPP Lou Rinaldi, who recently came under fire for his “No Man’s Land” comment  – voted down an amendment yesterday that would have guaranteed Northern representation on a board that deals with OMB appeals. “Why does your gov...
October 23, 2017

“The premier is clearly trying to deflect from multiple political corruption trials. Premier Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy, and the people of Ontario see through this cynical attempt to distract from the Liberal Party’s record of scandal.

“We will continue to do our job of holding the Liberal Party to account. Baseless attempts to silence the Official Opposition will be ignored, full-stop.”

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October 19, 2017

This morning, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office revealed that the government’s debt reduction claims are $6.5 billion off the mark, said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli.  The FAO says that’s equal to eliminating funding for 40% of Ontario’s hospitals. “This government has allowed Ontario's debt level to rise to its highest level ever, at the fastest rate than ever before. They have grossly mismana...
October 19, 2017

In the wake of an explosive report from the Auditor General on the Wynne Liberals’ “Unfair” Hydro Plan which showed the government tried to keep its true costs buried by "making up" accounting rules, the Ontario PCs demanded accountability and called for an investigation.   Since the report was released, it has been revealed that the Ministry of Energy stonewalled attempts from the Auditor General to access docume...

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