A new month, a new blog entry, and plenty of updates for all the residents in Vaughan. Now in my second month as your MPP, I have settled in, and can honestly say this was a month of many highlights and important milestones. Both my Queen’s Park and my community offices are set up – although my community office will be moving next month (to the Emily’s Bakery plaza at 9587 Weston Rd Unit #9).
The month started off with a major announcement. I was delighted to host the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, in Vaughan to announce the York Viva Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 7 West, a project that will create thousands of jobs in our community. The project involves widening Highway 7 and will include three new Viva stations. The new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Viva station will connect the rapidway with the subway extension. The construction on this project is expected to begin in 2013 and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2015. This is a significant project that will benefit the local economy for generations, as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre continues to take shape. Whether you live, work or visit Vaughan, congestion will be reduced and commuters will have a better means to get around with this improved rapid transit. I am proud to be a member of a government that continues to invest in public transit in order to make taking transit a better choice for commuters, reducing congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Ontario families.
I’ve been involved in many community events this month including speaking at the Building Industry and Land Development (BILD) Leadership Dinner, attending festivities at the Woodbridge County Fair at the Woodbridge Fairgrounds, attending the Savour Vaughan Food Bank event and the Renaissance Gala for the Amici Museum.
On the 11th, I was pleased to host the Premier, Dalton McGuinty in Vaughan. Our day started at the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce where the Premier delivered a keynote speech. Thank you to Ross Marin and the folks at the Chamber for making the event a success. I then had the chance to take the Premier on a tour of a local company that has created thousands of jobs in our community.
On the 14th I was pleased to deliver greetings on behalf of the Premier at the official opening of the Phase 2 of the Joseph & Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Centre in the east side of my riding. I was honoured to have met the Consul General to Israel, DJ Shneeweiss. I congratulate the community for coming together to build such a top-notch community centre.
On the 26th, I was pleased to be at the Maxwell and Ruth Leroy Holocaust Remembrance Garden Event where we celebrated the receipt of a $31,000 grant to the Education Centre at the Reena Community Residence from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The funds will be used to buy equipment and furniture as well as information panels in the Remembrance Garden. Reena operates within the Jewish tradition and offers persons with disabilities the chance to further their own growth and development.
After a year of working in a minority parliament it had become evident that the opposition parties were not up to the task in making the government work. First the NDP said they would support the 2012 budget but then reneged on their promise. The PC’s would constantly ring the bells in the legislature – a tactic, used for partisan purposes, that would stall all legislative proceedings and prevent the government or any other party to debate or pass any bills. The Premier decided to prorogue the house and allow for a chance to sit down with the doctors, with the teachers and with public service unions to try to reach negotiated deals. It is important to note that even though the house has been prorogued the government is still hard at work. The government has since reached deals with the doctors and public service employees represented by AMAPCEO. We also continue to encourage the teachers unions to get back to the table and reach locally negotiated deals before the end of the year. I have been hard at work helping the constituents in Vaughan.
Last but not least, undoubtedly the biggest news that followed the prorogation of the house was the Premier’s decision to announce his retirement. After 22 years as an MPP, 16 years as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and 9 years as Premier, no one can doubt his dedication to public service. The work he has done to improve Ontario’s education system, build hospitals, hire doctors and nurses and improve our health care system, while also focusing on job creation and the environment have been incredible, to say the least. His leadership, vision and relentless dedication on behalf of 13 million Ontarians will not be forgotten.
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