Member’s Statement – Restoring Fiscal Balance While Protecting What Matters Most – 2019


>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS. THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER-CONESTOGA. >>THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER. IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO GET TO RISE IN THE HOUSE TODAY, AND TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT OF LOCAL FEEDBACK THAT I HAVE HEARD IN OUR FIRST YEAR IN GOVERNMENT. A YEAR OF RESTORING FISCAL BALANCE WHILE PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST IN THIS PROVINCE.>>Interjection: HEAR, HEAR. >>AT THE VICTORIA DAY PARADE, I HAD MANY PEOPLE SAY, MIKE, WE SUPPORT YOUR GUVERNMENT REDUCING THE DEFICIT — AND SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES TO FINALLY GED AHEAD HERE IN THE PROVINCE AND THEY KNOW WE HAVE BEEN WORKING NON-STOP TO HONOUR OUR CAMPAIGN COMMITMENTS TO REPEAL THE CAP-AND-TRADE CARBON TAX AND THE GREEN ENERGY ACT TO EXPAND NATURAL GAS AND BROADBAND FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES, TO PROVIDE RECORD FUNDING FOR LONG-TERM CARE BEDS AND MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES. ON FRIDAY, I BROUGHT TOGETHER NEARLY A DOZEN ORGANIZATIONS, Mr. SPEAKER, PROVIDING THESE CRUCIAL SERVICES TO CELEBRATE THE ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING AND THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE $3.8 MILLION COMMITMENT WE HAVE MADE TO MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES HERE IN ONTARIO. WE ARE WORKING FOR WATERLOO REGION ON MULTIPLE FRONTS WITH OTHER PARTNERS. THIS INCLUDES ALLOWING FAIR AND OPEN TENDERING, PROTECTING DOUBLE HATTER FIREFIGHTERS AND GREEN-LIGHTING THE ELECTORAL PHYSIOLOGY LAB AT ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL AND, OF COURSE, HELPING SUPPORT THE GEESE FAMILY CENTRE WHICH IS A BEAUTIFUL NEW HOSPICE CREATED IN NORTH WATERLOO. WE HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO GO ON BEHALF OF THE GREAT PEOPLE OF THIS

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