May has been busy for me both at Queen's Park and at home. Be sure to visit the photo section on my website, or visit my page on Facebook, to see pictures from all the happenings and to keep updated on upcoming events.
In Ontario, May is Jewish Heritage Month. To view my video, click here.
Schools are truly the building blocks of our community, and I was happy to have been given the opportunity to attend the official opening of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Elementary School on May 9th.
On May 2nd, Finance Minister Charles Sousa released our government's 2013 Budget, which sets out to create a prosperous and fair Ontario. The NDP have pledged their support to passing the budget.
I was excited to introduce two Private Member's Bills in the House this month. The first, entitled the Prompt Payment Act, 2013 passed second reading debate with all-party support. It will now go to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills where the public will provide valuable input and insight into the bill. The second bill, entitled Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumptions for Firefighters), 2013 would amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to include presumption for six additional occupational diseases including as testicular cancer, breast cancer, multiple myeloma, skin cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer, if diagnosed on or after January 1, 1980.
I want to send my most sincere thanks and congratulations to all those celebrating Italian Heritage Month in Ontario this June. Events such as these provide all of us with the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the important role the Italian-Canadian community has played in Ontario. Vaughan has the highest concentration of Italians in the country, and our community has been well served by their positive contributions.
All the best,
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