BROCKVILLE — MPP Steve Clark celebrated the one-year anniversary since Ontario’s Government for the People took office by reflecting on 12 months of hard work to make life better for the families, individuals and job creators he represents in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments we have made as a government over the past year for the people of Ontario and those I represent in my riding. We have kept our promises to make life more affordable, create good-paying jobs and put our province on a responsible path to balance to protect vital public services like health care and education,” said Clark. “But we know the job is not finished and if there’s one thing this government has proven, it’s that we’ll work hard on behalf of all Ontarians until it’s done.”
To date, over 250 initiatives have been implemented by the government and Clark used today’s anniversary to not only highlight that remarkable record, but to join the entire PC team in pledging to continue respecting taxpayers, encouraging new investment and job creation and always putting people first.
“We have worked day and night to do the job Ontarians elected us to do one year ago today: restore trust in Ontario’s finances, invest in health care and education and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs. Today, we can proudly say: ‘Promises made, promises kept,’” said Clark.
Over the past year, Clark said the government has delivered on a number of campaign commitments that put more money back in people’s pockets, including:
- Cancelling the punishing cap-and-trade carbon tax, saving the average family $260 a year and 4.3 cents a litre at the gas pumps.
- Ensuring minimum wage workers pay no personal income tax in Ontario, saving them up to $800 a year.
- Introducing one of the most flexible childcare tax credits for low- and middle-income families in Ontario’s history.
- Scrapping the outdated Drive Clean program and freezing driver and vehicle fees.
- Improving choice and convenience for consumers, and creating new opportunities for small business, by expanding the sale of beer and wine to corner stores, big-box stores and more grocery stores.
Locally, Clark said he has been pleased to deliver on a number of commitments he made during the last campaign and issues he had worked on while in opposition. Major accomplishments for the riding during the government’s first year in office include:
- Securing $156,000 in funding to allow Brockville General Hospital to perform more cataract surgeries – a move that has cut average wait-times almost in half.
- Delivering on a campaign commitment to protect over a dozen jobs and millions in revenue for police services in Brockville and Gananoque by amending a regulation brought in by the previous Liberal government.
- Delivering on the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville’s request to expand Maple View Lodge by adding 132 new beds, while doubling the size of Kemptville’s Bayfield Manor by adding 94 new beds as part of the government’s commitment to build 15,000 long-term care beds.
- Providing over $500,000 for a program to train unemployed workers, giving them an opportunity for a life-changing career, while addressing the skilled-worker shortage that is a serious concern for local employers.
- Keeping a major campaign promise by delivering $71 million for the expansion of cellular and mobile broadband networks in Eastern Ontario.
- Providing over $500,000 in new funding for mental health and addictions programs as part of the government’s $3.8-billion commitment to these services.
- Providing over $3.2 million to the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville under the government’s $1 billion Community Housing Renewal program.
- Providing municipalities in the riding with over $7.6 million in unconditional funding to enhance service delivery and protect local property taxpayers.
- Opening a new Highway 401 rest area east of Gananoque as part of the government’s commitment to improve highway safety in Eastern Ontario.
“We’ve had a great start and I look forward to continuing to work with our government over the next year to make life better for the people of Ontario and turn this province around,” said Clark.