Political Opinions

Ward One Report
Councillor Katy Austin
In this week’s column, I want to talk about Township by-laws and how residents can use them to register complaints.
Springwater has a number of by-laws concerning standards of various activities, ranging from animal control, business licences, signs, water restrictions, parking, special events, to open air burning, cut and fill and clean and safe properties.  Some require permit applications; some are enforced with penalties or simply a visit from the by-law enforcement officer. Each by-law is listed on the Township’s website, www.springwater.ca, under Governance.
There are two municipal law enforcement officers for the Township; they respond to by-law enforcement complaints such as vicious dogs, noise, waste control, weeds, improper parking on residential streets, zoning infractions, and signage without a permit.  A confidential online complaint form is available on the Springwater website; the by-law enforcement officer can be contacted by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705-728-4784 extension 2033.
The comments made in this article are strictly my own.  I do not speak on behalf of Council.  Contact me any time if you have concerns or suggestions: 705-796-7348, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Getting a Charge out of the County of Simcoe
Midhurst/July 5, 2018 – Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government.
Through the County’s Sustainable Operations program $267,350 was applied for and received to install three “Level 3” supercharger stations that can be found at the following locations:
Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst
Washago Carpool Lot, corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago
Station Park, 212 Huron Street, Stayner
These superchargers are able to charge a fully electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle and quantity of power required making them ideal for highway travel. This past Canada Day long weekend saw more than 20 electric vehicle owners take advantage of these units, with Washago alone servicing 14.
“With more than 465,000 residents and 9 million visitors to our region each year, it is vital that we invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and highlight our commitment to being sound environmental stewards,”said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors.”
The County of Simcoe charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up – lasting approximately 30 minutes – would cost the user $7.50. Charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the County to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.  
Electric vehicle owners can download the Greenlots app to pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on Plugshare.
The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

Township of Tiny Implements Fire Band
Date: July 10, 2018 • Due to the hot and dry conditions, all open air burning is banned until further notice. The ban also includes the setting off of fireworks within the Township (Bylaw #07-054 amended by 12-057).  
All open air burning and fireworks permits are now suspended.
Fire ban information is available via the following methods:
           • Fire Hazard Rating Signs posted at the following locations;
                       o North of the Tiny/Flos Townline on County Road 6,
                       o North of the Tiny/Flos Townline on Crossland Road (County Road 29),
                       o Woodland Beach Fire Hall (2020 Tiny Beaches Road South),
                       o Wyebridge Fire Hall (8186 Hwy 93)
                       o Toanche Fire Hall (Champlain Road and Toanche Trail),
                       o Lafontaine Fire Hall (384 Lafontaine Road West),
                       o Wyevale Fire Hall (817 County Road 6 South),
                       o Municipal Pump House located at 2107 Champlain Road,
                       o and outside the Township Municipal Offices at 130 Balm Beach Road.
           • By visiting the Township website at www.tiny.ca;
          • By reading the LED signs at the following locations:
                       o Wyevale Park – 10 Concession 5 East
                       o Perkinsfield Park – 43 County Road 6 South
                       o Township office – 130 Balm Beach Road West
                       o Lafontaine Park – 342 Lafontaine Road West
           • Or by calling the Township Office at (705) 526-4204
 Those contravening the fire ban are subject to fine and other related charges.

Tiny Mayor’s Monthly Message – July 2018
Bonjour!
 Well I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Canada Day Holiday week-end. Wow, hot but gorgeous here in Tiny!
 Please be sure to take the necessary precautions for this heat, which it looks like will continue for a while, dress appropriately, stay hydrated and check on our seniors!
 I had the opportunity to participate in a few events over the week-end including the Clearwater Beach Ratepayers’ Association for the launch of their new book ‘Clearwater Pioneers’. The book was written by Wayne Yetman and includes many stories from the late 1940’s and early 50’s highlighting the challenges and triumphs of the early settlers here in Tiny. Well done to all involved; I know our Heritage Committee will be happy to add this to our collection.
Another busy month ahead….
 Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner
The Township of Tiny is holding its 2018 Annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner, on Friday, July 13th hosted at the Brooklea Golf & Country Club. This year’s fundraising goal is $60,000. The Township of Tiny has been helping support causes important to the local Community through donations, sponsorships and a dedicated team. To date, the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament has raised over $120,000.00!     
 2018 Charitable Recipients
Angels with Backpacks
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Simcoe
Boys and Girls Club of North Simcoe
Community Reach
Crime Stoppers of Simcoe-Dufferin-Muskoka
Elmvale District High School Shared Facility Project
Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre
Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation
Hospice Huronia
Huronia Seniors’ Volunteer Care Team
MTM Conservation Association
Scientists in School
Township of Tiny Bursary Program
We Are The Villagers
Wendat Community Programs
  If you are a golfer, consider getting a team together. Not to worry if you don’t have 4 players – you will be matched up to create a foursome. The Organizing Committee has worked hard to ensure the tournament day is fun and memorable. Don’t miss your opportunity to “Beat the Mayor & Councillors” at a variety of on course challenges. Player registration is $145 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, dinner, on course games passport and a player gift!  
 Non-golfers are invited to join the event for a great dinner and fun events afterwards. You can also support these 15 local Charity Recipients by sponsoring or contributing silent auction items and competition prizes. On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the benefitting Charities, we wish to thank you in advance for your generous consideration
 To learn more about our sponsors, including this year’s Title Sponsor – Perkinsfield Kitchen + Bath Inc. – visit our website at www.tiny.ca.   
Contact Maggie Off at 705 526-4204 ext. 271.
 We hope to see you there!
 Community BBQ
 You’re invited to attend Tiny’s Community BBQ, at Perkinsfield Park on Saturday, July 21st from 11:30am to 3:00pm! This year’s theme is ‘Grown in Tiny’!  
Visit various vendors and exhibits including:
• Mueller’s Fine Foods
• Windlee Farms Maple Syrup
• Belle Roots Farm
• Foster Family Farm
• Severn Sound Environmental Association
• Sustainable Severn Sound
• Scientists in School
• Tiny’s Local Food Project
• Live Edge Wood Works
• LA Cafe
• Cedar Point Farms
• Birch Farms
• Charlie Girl Gems
• Heritage Advisory Committee
• Neighbours in the Heart of TINY
• Maureen Johnstone
• The Perfect Bite
• Melanie Robitaille
• James Irvine
• Farm Fresh Food Fest
• Angels with Backpacks
• PJ Meats
• Tiny’s Senior Advisory Committee
• North Simcoe Anglers and Hunters
• Christine Marshall
• Val Hughes
• Mother Nature Skincare
• Tiny Trails & Active Transportation Committee
• The Heart of Georgian Bay Terry Fox Run  
• And music from DJ Lovewell and Ariko!  
• Simcoe County Big Green Bin
• Egg, Dairy & Pork Producers of Ontario
Senior of the Year Award
 Congratulations to Ms. Liesje Lancia on her achievement in being recognized for the 2018 Senior of the Year Award, ‘Heart of Tiny’, in recognition of her contribution to the enrichment of the social, cultural and civic life of the Township of Tiny. See the attachment for more details.  
 Upcoming Events in the Month ahead…
July 12-15 Festival du Loup, Lafontaine
July 13 - Tiny Mayor’s 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner, Brooklea Golf nad Country Club (see attached poster)  
July 14 -  The 2018 Georgian Bay Garden Tour in support of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Simcoe, ‘Go Girls Program’. The garden tour runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm and includes many beautiful gardens in North Simcoe. For more information visit their website at www.georgianbaygardentour.ca
July 21 - Tiny’s Annual Community BBQ, Perkinsfield Park (see attached poster)
July 24 - County of Simcoe Committee of the Whole and Regular Meeting of Council
July 30 - Tiny Committee of the Whole and Regular Meeting of Council
July 31 -  The Township will be raising the Rainbow Flag as part of Fierte Simcoe Pride at 11:00am at the Township offices. Last year 22 communities in Simcoe County, including all four in North Simcoe, participated with a flag raising.
August 12- Balm Beach Family Fun Day, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit local vendors and artisans, activities, exhibits, live music, arcade games, and much more, including a free lunch for kids up to 12 years of age! If you would like to make a donation, volunteer to oversee an activity, or help with parking/traffic control, please contact Diane Leblovic (dianeleblovic.com, 905-632-4892 or 905-484-4892). Visit www.facebook.com/BalmBeachSummerEvents/ for more information.
August 25 -  Fire Family Fun Day, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Wyevale Fire Station.  
August 25 -  Cycle Camelot., in support of the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre. Register at http://cyclecamelot.com/.  
September 16 -  Terry Fox Run
 That’s all for this month, talk to you next month!
 Mayor George Cornell  Township of Tiny
 To contact me via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: 705 526-4204 and leave a message with Laura Russell, Sr. Administrative Coordinator  
 Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings are live streamed and archived on our Township of Tiny YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter (@tinytownship) or Facebook (Township of Tiny) or visit our website (www.tiny.ca) for more details and information.

Mayor’s View
County of Simcoe Approves Official Plan Amendment for Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) on Horseshoe Valley Road
The approval was on the County Council agenda two weeks ago and after discussion and debate, and a request for a Public Open House prior to the approval, which was defeated, County Council approved this step of the process. I did ask if the County planned to trigger an appeal to the OMB. The reason for the question is that the complete application has been with the Township and a public meeting was conducted in April of 2017. Under the Planning Act, an applicant can appeal to the OMB for “a non-decision” by the municipality after 180 days. The County promised not to do that and will allow it to run its normal course where it now comes back to the Township for both an Official Plan Amendment and an Amendment to the Zoning by-law to permit the large industrial style waste transfer and organics processing facility to be located in an area designated agriculture. The Township will then review the more detailed elements of the local request based on traffic, local impacts and safety and will need to decide what measures should be taken to mitigate any long term impacts on the Environment, Economy and the Social wellbeing of those affected. The Township Council may request an Open House, such as the one denied by the County, to receive more input and comments before considering the approval of either the Township OPA or ZBA.  This would be consistent with this Council’s desire to be open and transparent on matters that are so important. With the limited summer schedule, I would not expect any next steps until early fall. As one County Councillor noted during the recent County Council debates, if this was a private enterprise that requested these types of amendments, the County and Township would simply say NO. The Councillor asked why the County thinks it is above the law. That is an excellent question. As I have said, this matter is moving too quickly, especially with all the changes with the Waste Free Ontario Act and more importantly the sale of recyclables, especially paper fibres, which have plummeted. I support an entire review of the facility, mainly because the entire world has changed since this process was started and it’s time for sober second thought. I believe the better way, because of the changing dynamics, would be to partner such a facility with another municipality or private operator. This I believe would be more cost effective and a lower financial risk for the taxpayers in Simcoe County.
County Announces LINX Transit Service launching August 7th with Service to Springwater
The transit introduction is a multi year project and will ultimately offer bus transit links to all the major settlement areas in the County of Simcoe. The good news is Route 1 will service both Midhurst and Elmvale as buses travel from a hub in North/East Barrie to Midland and Penetanguishene.  You can ride free from August 7 to September 4th. Depending on distance the fares will be $2.00 to $6.00. A reloadable LINX Card will be available for regular users as well as features such as smart phone tracking app. The Midhurst stops will be on St Vincent Street at Cedar Creek and also at the Library on Findlay Mill Road. The Elmvale stop will be at Yonge and Queen Streets. If you have an opportunity, give it a try during the free ride period and you may make it part of your future transportation plans when travelling to the North or South. Check out this link for more information on the LINX Transit system. http://www.simcoe.ca/Transit/Documents/LINX%20Ride%20Guide.pdf
Food Insecurity Presentation The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit provided a delegation to Council regarding food insecurity in the region and the role municipalities’ play. Through the presentation they provided a number of ways that municipalities could take action including; taking poverty into consideration when making local planning  decisions, creating a climate for entrepreneurship, attracting employers that provide higher paying jobs and support for a living wage.
Springwater Elmvale Farmers’ Market Official Opening
Last Friday was the official opening of the 2018 season. It was a pleasure to bring greetings from the Township and I was accompanied by Midhurst Councillor Jack Hanna to represent our Council. The farmers’ market features lots of great local produce, baked goods and other interesting foods. It runs every Friday from 9 to 1, so get there early for the best selection. A special thank you to this year’s market manager Joanne Sutton for taking on the task and for Bob Simmons’ and Arnie Johnston’s continued support in making this market a growing success. We also thank our regular vendors from the area. This market is truly an example of the wonderful community we all call home. Come for the morning and maybe stay for a while and wander the local shops and have a bite at one of Elmvale’s fine little restaurants.
Springwater Swing Golf Tournament – Another Successful Fundraiser
On Wednesday we were pleased to host our annual Springwater Swing at the exclusive and private Vespra Hills Golf Club. The proceeds from the Tournament, which is our biggest fund raiser, benefits the Community Assistance Program, and has helped many individuals with special one time needs since its inception 3 years ago. It also contributes to Physician Recruitment and other worthwhile local initiatives, such as the Elmvale and Barrie Food Banks, along with assisting some unique team and school requests throughout the year. Participants this year, in addition to a great day of golf and fellowship, were also given a free Associate Membership to the facility that allows them to dine at the Club House restaurant which offers excellent cuisine. Once everything is tallied, we will be providing an update on the proceeds of the event.
Mayors Open Visiting Hours
If you would like to meet with me on any matter you can always arrange an appointment or if in the neighbourhood of the Administrative Centre you can drop by any Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:00 p.m. and no appointment is required. I invite you to bring your complaints, concerns or even appreciation for what is happening in Springwater. I have had numerous people come by and in some cases we have resolved some simple issues. If nothing else I promise that you will be heard. The door is open.
Keep informed and involved with Springwater by checking out our website www.springwwater.ca and especially our calendar of meetings. Tune into our live streaming of the Council Meetings at www.springwater.ca/live . Stay close to the action and read this excellent local paper, the Springwater News, and check out our regular Springwater Link and Council Corner columns. Be part of the solution and have your say.
Contact me at 705-728-4784 ext. 2040 or my cell at 705-718-7031 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on twitter @MayorFrench
A reminder these articles are my thoughts and perspectives on issues and I am but one voice on Council. These opinions may not reflect the position of other Councillors.

Bruce Stanton MP Simcoe North
On July 5th, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Task Force Mali departed Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton as part of the Trudeau Government’s commitment to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MUNISMA).
Canada’s contribution to the MUNISMA is an air task force (ATF) of two CH-147F Chinook and four CH-146 Griffon helicopters, as well as spares for maintenance capacity. Up to 250 personnel will be part of the ATF and up to 10 personnel will be deployed as staff officers at MINUSMA headquarters. The ATF component of the mission is slated to run for 12 months. In addition, Canada has authorized the deployment of up to 20 civilian police.
This military operation, called Operation PRESENCE - Mali, is in direct response to a UN request and will complement ongoing Canadian efforts to support the development and implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Operation PRESENCE - Mali will provide MINUSMA with essential aeromedical evacuation and logistical capabilities that build on and reinforce Canadian investments in UN stabilization, peacebuilding and training.
Canadian civilian police officers are authorized to deploy to MINUSMA and the European Union’s civilian capacity-building mission, EUCAP Sahel Mali. Canada is working closely with the UN and the EU to identify the specific roles in which the women and men in Canada’s police services can have the greatest impact in support of sustainable peace.
The MUNISMA was established on April 25, 2013 and is mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2100. The aim is to stabilize Mali following a rebellion that began in 2012 in Northern Mali, specifically the region known as Azawad, where rebels declared independence from Mali. A subsequent UN Resolution, 2164, decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. 56 other countries, aside from Canada, have provided contributions to the mission, with 15,425 personnel involved.
For the most up to date information on the Mali mission, please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/index.page

MOUNTING CONCERNS REGARDING EDWIN ESPINAL IN HONDURAS
APPEAL TO THE SPRINGWATER COMMUNITY
I am writing to the very supportive community members of Springwater Township to express my mounting concerns regarding Edwin Espinal and to ask for your help in contacting the Government of Canada through Minister Freeland's office.
We urge Minister Freeland’s office to make a public statement to demand Edwin Espinal’s release and to drop all charges. Our family is very worried about Edwin’s safety as well as his physical and mental state. We have been in contact with Minister Freeland’s office for this request, yet no action has occurred from the government of Canada to date.
Family members and friends have also tried to contact the Honduran Ambassador to Canada, Sofia Cerrato Rodriguez, yet she does not respond to emails and rarely answers her phone calls.
For two weeks, we had not received any word regarding Edwin, which concerned us. Was he ill? Was he alive? Had he been transferred to another prison without our knowledge? His three lawyers working on his case were denied access to him; they had traveled to La Tolva Prison three times and were told by the guards and the director himself that they had come on the “wrong day,” even though they had arrived to visit him on the days scheduled for legal visits. This made us very worried. Finally, Edwin’s lawyer was granted entry last Thursday, but was not allowed to bring any legal documents in with her. She is never able to meet with him alone to discuss his ‘case.’ There are no lawyer/client privileges.
In Honduras, the legal system is wrought with corruption. The judicial system fails the innocent yet protects the corrupt members of the Hernandez regime. Government officials act with impunity. They are above the law. Most of the prisoners in La Tolva maximum-security prison have been denied due legal process, held without evidence, and often without proper legal counsel, awaiting ‘trial’ for a period of 2.5 years. When that time is up, they will not get a fair trial.
Prison authorities are able to impose new ‘rules’ on a whim. Families have no legal rights or recourse to question the broken system that bans them from visiting family members. They are bullied. They are terrorized. They are scared to question the ‘rules’ and restrictions and to speak out.
Another grave concern is that the phone system is still off in the prison; prisoners have not been able to have phone contact with families since April 4th. Families must physically travel to the prison and are unable to visit loved ones unless they have purchased visitor permits and have received them. Some members of Edwin's family are still waiting for their permits. Then families must make that horrible trip to La Tolva, which is at least a 2-hour drive each way from Tegucigalpa, as it is in the middle of nowhere. Their visits are at the whim of the prison officials. Many times, they are turned away. This is totally unacceptable and breaks all international human rights laws on visitation rights.  
On top of the deplorable political prisoner situation in Honduras, I am totally horrified and dismayed at the continual reporting of the great number of money laundering, drug trafficking, and legal scandals that the government of Juan Orlando Hernandez has been involved in - his court appointees, his Ministers, and himself, since he illegally took office back in 2014. I feel that Hondurans have been totally robbed of any chance for a decent life in their country, which accounts for the very upsetting migration and separation of families at the US border, further sparked by the aftermath of the disgusting, illegal 'zero tolerance law' brought in by the Trump administration. It seems that Honduran jails need to be emptied to make room for corrupt government officials who are breaking the law both in the US and Honduras. I truly feel there is not enough space in these maximum-security prisons to house them all.
I am becoming more frustrated and disgusted as time moves on and can only imagine how devastated the Honduran population is regarding this government corruption in the country. I can't imagine the upset and despair of those who have emigrated from Honduras (the very fortunate ones) to move for a better life elsewhere as they listen to how the state of affairs in their home country is worsening and impacting family members who may still live there.
I would greatly appreciate you making a call to Minister Freeland’s office or emailing her staff to DEMAND THAT CANADA MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT TO FREE EDWIN ESPINAL AND OTHERS AND TO DROP ALL CHARGES. I ask you to also call or email SOFIA CERRATO RODRIGUEZ - HONDURAN AMBASSADOR TO CANADA to make the same demand for their freedom.
Amnesty Canada has published an e-action to demand Edwin Espinal’s freedom and the dropping of all charges. Please help us and sign this e-petition and pass it to others. This may be retrieved at: http://www.amnesty.ca/SpeakUpForEdwin
We are fretting about Edwin’s safety. Furthermore, Edwin and Raul Alvarez (also in La Tolva on the same charges) should not even be in this maximum-security military prison. Their rights have been completely violated; their detention is illegal, charges are trumped-up, breaking all international human rights and legal rights standards.
We need Canada to make a stand to demand their freedom now. Please help!
Minister Chrystia Freeland:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1-613-992-5234
Ambassador Sofia Cerrato Rodriguez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1-613-233-8900
I thank you for your continued support and for all the comforting words you have given our family.
Janet Spring

Boats and Ethanol Fuel: BoatUS Wants to Hear From You
Take a short 13-question survey
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 21, 2018 – With the start of the boating season, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) wants to hear from boaters about their experiences with ethanol fuels in an online survey at https://bit.ly/2JM4AS5. The short, 13-question survey is an effort to gain an understanding about how ethanol fuels are affecting recreational boating this summer, gauge opinion, and seek out comments related to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
 When it was passed in 2005, the RFS assumed that America’s use of gasoline would continue to grow. Since then, however, gasoline usage has not increased as forecast, which today forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. To keep up with the RFS mandate and avoid hitting a “blend wall” in which the volume of ethanol production would exceed consumption and infrastructure constraints, in 2010 the EPA granted a waiver to allow E15 into the marketplace. Recently, President Trump also proposed the sale of E15 year-round.
 Only fuels containing up to 10 percent ethanol (E10) are permitted for use in recreational boats, and anything greater voids many marine engine warranties. However, 92 percent of readers of Boating Industry magazine that serves the boating trades reported in 2017 that they have seen damage caused by ethanol, which also decreases fuel economy, thus increasing fuel cost, and has questionable environmental benefits. BoatUS also has concerns over potential consumer misfueling as E15 pump labeling requirements are minimal with just a small orange warning label.
 BoatUS is a member of the Smarter Fuel Future coalition which aims to reform the broken RFS. For more information, go to www.SmarterFuelFuture.org.

Queen's Park Report: Wilson thanks voters for support, looks forward to the next four years
(July 3, 2018) I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the residents of Simcoe-Grey, for allowing me to continue to serve as your Member of Provincial Parliament at Queen’s Park. This is a tremendous honour and I promise to represent you as your voice in the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.
My reelection would not have been possible without the wonderful support of my volunteers who did so much work on my behalf. I want to thank them for the excellent job they all did over the course of the campaign. Election campaigns require immense amounts of work including: hammering in signs, answering phone calls, knocking on doors and speaking to voters about the important issues facing the riding and the province as a whole.
I also want to congratulate my fellow candidates. Running as a candidate in an election is a tremendous challenge. It requires a deep commitment and a significant amount of time. Those that put their names forward for public office deserve praise and respect.
This is an exciting time for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. For the first time in 15 years, we will form a government under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford. I look forward to serving in this new government and I am excited about the future and the opportunities to do great work for all Ontarians. This will truly be a government for the people.
I am proud to be able to serve as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in our new administration. It’s always a tremendous honour to be asked to serve in cabinet by the Premier and I look forward to this new challenge.
Our new government has an amazing amount of new and returning talent. The members of our caucus are very impressive and will do an outstanding job on behalf of the people. We are committed to returning trust and accountability to the government, lowering hydro prices, ending hallway health care, reducing gas taxes and making Ontario open for business again.
Locally, my priorities continue to be the redevelopment of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston. It’s time for these critical projects to move forward. I am committed to reviewing the decision to close the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus. It is also important to get new washrooms built and the waterfront cleaned up in Wasaga Beach. I will continue to advocate in favour of getting the four new hospice beds open at Campbell House Hospice in Collingwood.
Representing you as your MPP is a job that I love. There is a lot of exciting and interesting work ahead and I look forward to taking this journey with all of you by my side. Please, do not hesitate to contact me or my offices if I can help you, your family or your neighbours in any dealings you have with the Province of Ontario.
Once again, thank you for your many years of continued support. I am humbled by the confidence you have placed in me and I will continue to be your voice at Queen’s Park.
Jim Wilson is the Progressive Conservative
MPP for Simcoe-Grey