Ontario's Lubricious Throne Speech
"A Balanced Plan to Screw Up Ontario for Everyone"
(QUEENS PARK) - Today's Speech from the Throne rings in a new session of parliament, justified by the Wynne Liberals as a necessary 'reset' of their legislative priorities.
One should ask how there can be a reset while at the same time a commitment to reintroducing all the legislation that died on the order table with prorogation? Clearly the Premiers words and her actions are at odds with one another once again. Instead, what was presented was a chest thumping agenda of re-announced priorities delivered with lubricious language.
“The Speech from the Throne today was nothing more than lip service to past commitments and re-announcements of existing projects,” MPP Randy Hillier proclaimed. “The only new announcement was the subsidy on the provincial portion of the HST for residential and small business hydro bills with no explanation of how this will affect the Treasury.”
Today’s speech simply parroted the same stale policies from the previous session. In truth what the Premier is attempting to accomplish is a reset of her political fortunes – not the wellbeing of the people of Ontario.
“Keeping with how they have operated in the past, all of these announcements where delivered in oily and slippery language without detail,” Hillier explained. “They didn’t even attempt to explain where exactly they plan to get the money needed for these policies. How do they plan to provide subsidies and balance the budget while meeting the outrageous spending commitments they regurgitated today?”
“These re-announcements of the same old ideas illustrate that this was far from a reset, it’s business as usual in the Legislature and the Liberals will continue to govern with their own self-interest as their priority,” concluded Hillier.
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(PERTH) MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington) expressed his alarm that seniors in the Champlain Community Care Access Centre's catchment area are having their Personal Support Worker (PSW) care visits cut in half.
After meeting with a number of PSWs that work in the Champlain CCAC region, and as highlighted in a recent story by Bob Hepburn of the Toronto Star, Hillier has learned that many seniors will see their assisted care reduced to a 15-minute visit.
"What kind of care could we possibly be providing someone in fifteen minutes?" Hillier asked rhetorically.
Hillier has penned a letter to the Board Chair and the President of the Champlain CCAC, demanding a reversal of the policy decision, and suggesting that they instead focus on the larger financial problems and find greater efficiencies within administration before diminishing patient services.
It appears these changes have been initiated in the Champlain CCAC catchment area, however it is anticipated they will expand to other CCACs prior to their anticipated incorporation into the LHINs with Bill 210.
"Clients in in my riding are served by either the Champlain CCAC or the South East CCAC; by far, the services delivered by the Champlain CCAC have been a regular source of complaints and aggravation for their clients, as compared to the SE Region, which seems to function much more effectively," says Hillier. "These new changes only magnify the mismanagement and further demonstrate that lack of concern the Champlain CCAC has for their clients."
You can read MPP Hillier's letter to the Champlain CCAC here.
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(QUEEN'S PARK) Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, is hopeful that Hydro One is punished appropriately for misleading both consumers and Legislators.
"Whether Hydro One is found in contempt by the Legislature, or investigated and potentially charged by the OPP," said Hillier. "All that matters is that they are dealt with swiftly and appropriately given the troubling details uncovered in the Ombudsman report."
On Monday, the Ontario Ombudsman released his latest report that she'd disturbing details of how Hydro One was intentionally misleading the Government over the scope of their significant billing problems. This week the Speaker of the Legislature has been asked to rule on whether or not Hydro One should be held in contempt of the House, and the OPP has been asked to investigate any criminal wrongdoings for failing to meet Hydro One's statutory obligations.
"Hydro One has not only mislead all Members of the Legislature, but they continue to abuse the trust of their customers. It's time this mess is cleaned up one way or another."
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For years I have fought tirelessly against what I saw as wrongdoings and my constituents have always known that they could trust me to stand up for them regardless of the consequences.
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