Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark was in North Grenville on Friday, July 14 to launch a petition in support of the County Road 43 expansion project. Pictured at the launch (from the left) are: North Grenville Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, Councillor Donovan Arnaud, MPP Clark, Councillor Frank Onasanya, MP Gord Brown, Councillor Jim Bertram and Mayor David Gordon. – Submitted Photo
KEMPTVILLE – Joined by Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown and North Grenville Mayor David Gordon and council, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark today launched a petition in support of the County Road 43 expansion.
Clark called on the Wynne government to stop stalling and give the green light to the project by providing the provincial infrastructure funding needed to expand the busy roadway to four lanes.
“This project is shovel-ready and has been identified as the top infrastructure priority for North Grenville and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville for over five years,” said Clark. “Expanding County Road 43 is essential for public safety and future economic growth and we’re tired of being ignored by the province.”
Clark said the petition is an opportunity for North Grenville residents to add their voices to the chorus calling on the province to come to the table as a partner in the project, which has an estimated price tag of up to $30 million.
“We need a provincial government that understands investments in infrastructure can’t be limited to moving people and goods in large urban areas around the GTA,” stressed Clark. “North Grenville is one of the fastest-growing areas in Eastern Ontario and relieving congestion on this critical connecting link to Highway 416 is vital to the economy in our region.”
The petition will be available at the North Grenville Municipal Centre and various businesses throughout the municipality. It can also be downloaded from MPP Clark’s website at www.steveclarkmpp.com.
Signatures will be collected throughout the summer and Clark will present the petition at Queen’s Park when the Legislative Assembly’s fall session begins in September.
“We’ve seen from the success of the Say No to the Close petition that helped keep Kemptville’s Service Ontario Centre open that petitions can make a difference,” stressed Clark. “Having thousands of signatures supporting the expansion of County Road 43 will definitely get Premier Wynne’s attention.”