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  • October 01, 2012

September Blog

Greetings to the residents of Vaughan! I have been hard at work for my constituents both at Queen’s Park and my community office since being elected as your Member of Provincial Parliament in the September 6th by-election. This blog will keep you posted as to what I’ve been up to in the community. 

Two days after my election, I was delighted to take part in one of my favourite events - the Binder Twine Festival in Kleinburg where, notwithstanding the rainy weather, the community gathered for a full day of fun to celebrate the start of the harvesting season. The next major highlight was on the 11th, my first caucus meeting at Queen’s Park– where I had the opportunity to discuss, with my fellow caucus members, issues that are important to the residents of our community.

September 19th was a memorable day for me – in fact, it was a day that I will never forget. On that day, I was sworn in officially by the clerk of the Legislative Assembly, welcomed into the Legislative Chamber and presented to the Speaker of the House as the new MPP for Vaughan. The moment validated all the tremendous hard work that my family, friends and supporters poured into the election process. It was a truly humbling experience.

On that same day, during Question Period, I was honoured to be given a chance to ask my first question on the progress of the Vaughan hospital to the Honourable Deb Matthews, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. I emphasized that Vaughan residents need to be assured that they will continue to have access to top quality health care closer to home and was pleased that the Minister confirmed that our hospital has been approved and that the procurement process for construction will take place in 2014/2015, with actual construction beginning shortly thereafter.

Our government is committed to continued support for Mackenzie Health – which is leading the development of the Vaughan hospital. Planning is underway for state-of-the-art emergency services; new, modern surgical services and operating rooms; medical in-patient and intensive care beds; advanced diagnostic imaging; and specialized outpatient services that may include oncology, cardiac, eye and diabetes care. Eighty per cent of the rooms will be single rooms, because our government is committed to reducing infection rates. 

Until next month, this is your MPP signing off. Please contact me at my office should you ever have any questions.



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