Weekly Columns

Looking for input for the 2019 Provincial budget

I have been meeting with many residents, businesses and community organizations and groups who have shared their ideas and concerns regarding the upcoming provincial budget. It is customary before a government presents a budget to engage Ontarians in pre-budget consultations to help determine priorities for the provincial budget. A budget for the province, much like …

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Protecting the Greenbelt while creating jobs in Ontario

Our government is committed to reducing red tape that discourages job creators from choosing to site or expand their businesses in Ontario. We need to regain our competitive advantage by making it easier for businesses to operate in Ontario. We have proposed a wide range of regulatory changes that reduce unnecessary, outdated and duplicate regulations. …

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Alert Ready Test Helps Prepare Us for the Unexpected

As the recently appointed Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, ensuring our communities are safe is my top priority. That’s why I was pleased that last Wednesday, the Alert Ready system was tested in Ontario and across Canada. The Alert Ready system ensures that Canadians are alerted about emergencies, like the recent tornadoes in …

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A made-in Ontario solution for organic labelling

I was very pleased to see my colleague, MPP Jim McDonell introduce Bill 54, Organic Products Act, 2018, on November 12th. This Private Members Bill (PMB), if passed, would prohibit the marketing and labelling of products as organic unless the products have been certified as organic. In the previous session of the Legislature, I co-sponsored …

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Fall Economic Statement provides update on finances

On November 15th, Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli released the Fall Economic Statement updating Ontarians on the current state of our finances. Since forming government June 29th, we have focused our efforts on restoring accountability, trust and transparency to the government, as well as improving affordability across the province. Without a single layoff, tax-hike or …

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Taking on the role of Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

On November 5th, I was very pleased to accept a new role in government as the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) oversees the different agencies that support and protect our communities and Ontarians through law enforcement and emergency services. This includes public safety systems …

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