On October 28, MPPs returned to the Ontario Legislature following a five-month break, the longest in nearly a quarter of a century. With many pressing issues to address - from hallway medicine and the housing crisis to climate change and cuts to public education - we have a lot of work to do at Queen's Park!
Since the return of the session, I have spoken out strongly on the challenges our city is facing, and the issues that concern Londoners the most, especially healthcare, housing and the environment.
While Doug Ford delayed or partially reversed a few of the Conservatives' most callous decisions over the summer, his government's Fall Economic Statement showed that he has no real intention of listening to Ontarians. The Conservatives are sticking to their plan to fire 10,000 teachers and remove $700 million from postsecondary student aid - putting young people and our future at risk. They are continuing to squeeze hospitals and health care, leaving patients waiting hours in emergency rooms or lined up on hallway stretchers because there aren’t enough beds. And they are continuing to wage war on the environment.
My NDP colleagues and I believe that government should be investing in people by investing in children’s education, investing in the best health care system in the world, and investing in the fight against climate change, and we will keep fighting to build a stronger Ontario.
Over the summer, I took on a new role in the Official Opposition as Deputy House Leader and critic for Democratic Reform, Employment Standards and Pay Equity. I am excited about working with Londoners and people across the province on these and other priorities.
As always, if you need assistance with any provincial government programs or services, please contact my community office at 519-657-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to reach out anytime to share your views and concerns. All the best,