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November 04, 2017

“I am delighted to join our Sikh friends and neighbours in Ontario, Canada, and throughout the world in celebrating the birth of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. “Guru Nanank Dev Ji founded Sikhism on the principles of the equality of all humans, service to community and those in need, and living an honest life. “Our Sikh friends and neighbours are a vital part of Ontario’s multicultural fabric. For over 100 ye...
November 03, 2017

Labour force survey confirms deep economic disparities across the province This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton spoke about the StatsCan monthly Labour Force Survey for October, which was released today. The survey showed an increase to the province’s unemployment rate, with Southwestern and Northern Ontario particularly hard hit. “Southwestern and Northern Ontario has borne the brunt of many poor government po...
November 03, 2017

Yesterday, Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey blasted the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in an open letter to residents saying that Brampton’s “health care facilities are currently in crisis.” Mayor Jeffrey’s open letter comes in the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital. Ontario PC Brampton South Candidate Prabmeet Sarkaria joined Mayor J...
November 02, 2017

MPP Ross Romano is calling on the Liberal government today in the legislature to justify their lack of commitment to northern steel production and transportation infrastructure. Back in January, during the Sault Ste. Marie by-election, the Premier attended the city and spoke of the importance of the steel industry to Ontario and to Sault Ste. Marie. As the city’s largest employer, the Premier discussed the on-going Essar Steel Algoma (Algo...
November 01, 2017

“The tragic events of 1984 led to the displacement of countless Sikh families—many of whom resettled here to begin new lives as part of the Canadian family. “We are fortunate to live in a province and nation that cherishes freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. “Our 200,000-strong Sikh community reflects the values that we cherish in Ontario—tolerance, equality, and diversity.    “...
October 31, 2017

Well connected, senior Liberal insiders were hired to lobby Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa, according to records from Ontario's Integrity Commissioner. The revelations come just one day after Sousa doubled down on his denial of having any involvement in the controversial casino deal. "This controversial casino deal doesn't pass the smell test. With a serious review into money laundering in BC, the public is left scratc...
October 31, 2017

In the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital, the Ontario PCs stood up for Peel Region patients by raising the issue during Question Period.“This government’s mismanagement of the Ontario healthcare system has resulted in a hospital overcrowding crisis,” said Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek who highlighted the Liberals’ 14 year record of mism...
October 30, 2017

The Ontario PCs are calling on Kathleen Wynne to halt the casino deal with Great Canadian Gaming, pending the results of a sweeping police probe into money laundering at its BC casino.   “There is a storm cloud hanging over this bad deal. Internal government documents have revealed suspicions of terrorist financing, while organized crime allegedly laundered hundreds of millions of dollars in hockey bags full of cash through the B...
October 27, 2017

“I congratulate Mary on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Kitchener Centre. “Mary brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic PC team. A long-time conservative activist with strong ties to the Coptic community, Mary has experience working within government as an assistant in the regional office for the Hon. Diane Finley. "Her dedication to her community is reflected in her involvement in Zonta I...
October 27, 2017

With the Ontario PC policy convention one month away, Leader Patrick Brown is announcing that only Northern Ontario members can debate and vote on a number of regional specific policy resolutions. “Ontario is a diverse province, but there is no region more unique than the North. That’s why I strongly believe that northerners should have the final say on some of the major issues specific to the region,” said Ontario PC Leader Pa...
October 26, 2017

“The Wynne Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to Ontarians’ electricity bills. Every single time they’ve played games with the electricity sector it has left families working harder, paying more, and getting less.  “Despite Liberal spin, it’s clear: rates will continue to skyrocket to the highest they’ve ever been after the next election. “This reflects what we’ve seen i...
October 26, 2017

Fact-checking the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are untrustworthy, especially when it comes to our electricity bills. Every single thing they’ve ever touched in the energy sector has left hardworking Ontario families paying more and getting less. Let’s take a look at some of the mistruths the Wynne Liberals spun in the last LTEP: The 2013 LTEP said: “Ontarians are benefitting fro...
October 25, 2017

Bill Mauro, Premier Wynne’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and the MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, is uninterested in giving Northern Ontarians an important voice in community planning and housing issues. Earlier this week, a Liberal dominated committee led by Lou Rinaldi, who famously referred to Northern Ontario as “no man’s land,” struck down an Ontario PC amendment that would have guaranteed Northern representati...
October 24, 2017

“This whole episode is but one part of a consistent pattern of political corruption. We’re worried about what they’ve been able to keep hidden and are fearful of what scandal will come next.”

October 24, 2017

Kathleen Wynne has slighted Northerners yet again by refusing to give them an important voice in municipal decision making.A Liberal-dominated Legislative Committee – led by MPP Lou Rinaldi, who recently came under fire for his “No Man’s Land” comment  – voted down an amendment yesterday that would have guaranteed Northern representation on a board that deals with OMB appeals. “Why does your gov...
October 23, 2017

“The premier is clearly trying to deflect from multiple political corruption trials. Premier Kathleen Wynne is untrustworthy, and the people of Ontario see through this cynical attempt to distract from the Liberal Party’s record of scandal.

“We will continue to do our job of holding the Liberal Party to account. Baseless attempts to silence the Official Opposition will be ignored, full-stop.”

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October 19, 2017

This morning, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office revealed that the government’s debt reduction claims are $6.5 billion off the mark, said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli.  The FAO says that’s equal to eliminating funding for 40% of Ontario’s hospitals. “This government has allowed Ontario's debt level to rise to its highest level ever, at the fastest rate than ever before. They have grossly mismana...
October 19, 2017

In the wake of an explosive report from the Auditor General on the Wynne Liberals’ “Unfair” Hydro Plan which showed the government tried to keep its true costs buried by "making up" accounting rules, the Ontario PCs demanded accountability and called for an investigation.   Since the report was released, it has been revealed that the Ministry of Energy stonewalled attempts from the Auditor General to access docume...
October 19, 2017

“Today, our friends and neighbours of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist descent all across Ontario celebrate Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas—the Festival of Lights and the Day of Liberation. “This joyous celebration hails the victory of light over darkness and hope over despair—symbolized in beautiful firework displays and the lighting of diyas on rooftops and in homes across Ontario and around the globe.  This jubil...
October 18, 2017

Explosive new documents in the civil lawsuit against the Liberal Government reveals that the Liberals planned for the “collapse” of the industry and “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses.” The documents were filed in court as former Premier Dalton McGuinty, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and senior Liberal officials are set to testify in a 2018 trial. John Wilkinson, the former Liberal cabinet minister and poi...
October 18, 2017

PCs table a motion in parliamentary committee to comprehensively examine costly hydro scheme In the wake of an explosive report from the Auditor General showing that Ontario families will pay an extra $4 billion for Kathleen Wynne's expensive hydro scheme, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown called on Ontario’s Energy Minister to resign.  “The Auditor General’s report was a sc...
October 17, 2017

“Today, the Auditor General released a damning report on the Wynne Liberals’ ‘Unfair’ hydro scheme. “As a result of their shady accounting methods, and cooking the books for politically-motivated reasons, Ontarians are on the hook for $4 billion more than necessary. “This ‘Unfair’ Hydro Plan was a re-election ploy. After years of energy mismanagement, this plan was too little, too late. We have se...
October 17, 2017

“Later today Ontario’s Auditor General will be releasing her report into Kathleen Wynne’s ‘Unfair’ Hydro Plan.   “We know it’s going to be a damning report because we know Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals can’t be trusted. They’ve had fourteen years to fix Ontario’s hydro crisis, and they only claim to have a fix now because of an election. “They haven’t done t...
October 16, 2017

500,000 students in Ontario affected by strike Ontario PC Leader Patrick  Brown is calling on Kathleen Wynne to show leadership and bring both sides to the bargaining table in the college strike that is affecting 500,000 Ontario students. “Students’ want to learn. And faculty want to teach. But as of midnight last night, Ontario colleges are on strike. 12,000 faculty and 500,000 students are impacted across the province,”...
October 16, 2017

For a decade, Liberals ignored calls for definitive health study of local industry's impact on community Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown, with local members of his caucus, called for an inquiry into the Liberal Government's handling of health concerns in Sarnia's Chemical Valley and the surrounding area. Local governments and industry have long backed calls for a study of the health impacts, to no avail. "I'm alarmed by reports revealing...

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