IVY LEA – In a speech to a full house at a breakfast event hosted by the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce here today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown outlined his vision for a more prosperous Ontario that can compete with any jurisdiction in the world.
Brown tackled key concerns identified by the local chamber that have undermined the competitive advantages of businesses in Eastern Ontario and across the province, including soaring electricity rates, the government’s failure to fund critical infrastructure projects and fears over labour reforms in Bill 148.
While the failed policies, waste and scandal of the Wynne government have definitely made life harder for Ontario families and job creators, Brown expressed strong confidence in the province’s future.
“I’m actually optimistic about Ontario. These are all things we can fix. I can’t wait to lead an Ontario government where we can go anywhere in the world and say, ‘You want to be in Ontario,’” Brown told the audience. “We’re not going to settle for an Ontario that is a have-not province.”
Earlier this year, the Wynne government rushed through a politically motivated scheme to borrow $93 billion to provide temporary relief. But Brown warned this so-called plan will only see rates soar higher than ever after the next election when the cost of all that borrowing comes due.
In contrast, Brown said an Ontario PC government will “do everything possible” to get hydro bills down through solutions that put the best interests of Ontarians first.
Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark thanked the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber for inviting Brown to speak and organizing this morning’s event, which was attended by MP Gord Brown and a number of area mayors.
“It was great to have Patrick bring his optimistic message about how we can return Ontario to its rightful place as the economic engine of Canada,” said Clark. “You could see in the room this morning that Patrick’s message of responsible, accountable government that actually works to make life more affordable for families and businesses is one people are eager to hear after 14 years of this government’s mismanagement.”