As 2019 draws to a close, I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who emailed, called or visited by my office, or attended one of my townhalls and roundtables. You raised issues about health care, housing, affordability, education, climate change, autism funding, provincial funding cuts, and more. Time and again, I heard how deeply Londoners care about our planet, our province, and each other.
I brought the concerns and priorities of the people of London West to Queen's Park every chance I had. Even when the government decided to take the Legislature's longest summer break in nearly 25 years, I continued to fight for issues important to Londoners. I wrote letters to Ministers, advocated for people to get the services they need, and attended rallies pushing the government to make better decisions for the people of Ontario.
By joining together, we were able to make a difference, forcing the government to reverse course on some issues and delay planned funding cuts. Unfortunately, these partial victories are nowhere near enough. It is heartbreaking, for example, that families who pushed so hard for a needs-based autism program must still wait until 2021 for a new program to be implemented.
Despite efforts to set a new "tone" during the fall session of the Legislature, the government continued to push legislation through with as little debate and public input as possible - and then ignore the input they receive. I was proud to stand in the Legislative Assembly and share the concerns of Londoners about the environmental danger posed by Bill 132. The full transcript of the presentations made by the Urban League of London, Nature London, London Environmental Network, the Thames River Anglers Association and others to the Standing Committee on Bill 132 when it travelled to our community is available here
. You can read my Hansard comments here
. It is shocking that in the face of such strong opposition to Bill 132 from people across Ontario, the government passed the bill into law on December 10, 2019.
As we enter 2020, I know that our shared love of Ontario and optimism for our future will give us the hope and the strength to keep fighting together for what matters. Until then, I wish each and every one of you a restful and joy-filled holiday season!
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 any time to share your views and concerns. All the best,