Dear Neighbour,On June 6, 2019, the Ontario Legislature adjourned for a five-month period, the longest break in 26 years. As support for the government plummets across the province, and with a federal election in the fall, this means five months without raising issues in Question Period, five months without highlighting the devastating impact of budget cuts on Londoners, and five months without any accountability to the people the government is supposed to serve.
Despite the five month break and the recent cabinet shuffle, however, Ontarians and Londoners will not quickly forget the damage this government has done in the year since it took office.
From the very beginning, the Premier has put his friends and insiders ahead of the people of Ontario. He spent months awarding his friends and insiders with very lucrative appointments, while cancelling a pay raise and protections for our province’s most vulnerable workers. He has rammed through legislation that will have lasting, negative consequences for our environment and our communities with limited or no public input. He passed a budget that rips services away from classrooms and families of children with autism, and includes deep cuts to municipal services like child care, public health and land ambulances. His final act of the spring session was to introduce public sector wage cap legislation, setting the stage for disruptions to critical public services that families count on every day.
Whether Queen's Park sits or not, you can be sure that the Official Opposition will continue to stand up for everyday families. We have taken action on the issues that matter most to Ontarians, such as:
- Declaring a climate emergency in Ontario
- Formally adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Protecting municipalities from meddling and bullying by the Premier
- Fighting for truly universal health care, starting with pharmacare
- Protecting auto insurance customers and preventing postal code discrimination
My colleagues and I have been standing alongside Ontario families from day one, pushing back against the government and forcing them to reverse course on some of their worst decisions. Over the next five months and in the years ahead, I will continue to work hard for the people of London West and to advocate for Londoners' priorities - like health care, education, housing, services for seniors and persons with disabilities, affordable post-secondary education, and good jobs.
As always, if you need assistance with any provincial government programs and services, please contact my community office at 519-657-3120 or [email protected] Feel free to reach out anytime to share your views or raise concerns.
All the best,