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August 25, 2016

SCARBOROUGH – Today, Ontario doctors concerned about the Liberal Government’s short-sighted cuts to health care hosted a town hall meeting in order to have an informed conversation with Scarborough-Rouge River voters. The candidates for all of the major parties were invited to attend, with only the Wynne Liberal candidate refusing the invitation. “I’m not surprised that the Liberal candidate didn’t have the courage ...
August 25, 2016

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown wrapped up his week-long tour of Northwestern Ontario, marking his 21st stop in the North over the past two years. During the tour, Brown made stops in Thunder Bay, Kakabeka Falls, Atikokan, Fort Frances, Rainy River First Nations, and Emo, with the tour culminating with members of the Ontario PC Caucus gathering for caucus meetings in Kenora.   While the P...
August 25, 2016

KENORA – Ontario PC Critic for Women’s Issues, MPP Laurie Scott had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Kenora Coalition to End Human Trafficking. This newly formed community organization is dedicated to raising awareness of the problem of human sex trafficking in Kenora and the surrounding area. “I commend the Kenora Police and local organizations for bringing together a group of dedicated ...
August 25, 2016

(Kenora, ON) – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece and Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown were in Kenora today to discuss Pettapiece’s new fire safety initiative—truss and lightweight construction identification. They met with Fire Chief Todd Skene from The City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Service, and Fire Chief Darryl Desjardins from the Ear Falls Fire Department. Pettapiece is working on a private member’s bill which w...
August 25, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Today Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, who serves as opposition critic to the Minister of Community and Social Services, issued the following statement on the Ombudsman’s investigative report on the government’s response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities entitled Nowhere to Turn: “Today’s report is a devastating indictment of a government more interes...
August 24, 2016

The following is a statement from Ontario PC Environment and Cap-and-Trade Critic Lisa Thompson on the results of the California cap-and-trade auction:   “The Ontario PC Party is again calling on the Liberals to abandon their cap-and-trade scheme after California sold only 1.49 per cent of its carbon credits at last weeks’ auction.    The Liberal government is setting Ontario up for failure by entering the province ...
August 24, 2016

Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement marking Ukraine’s Independence Day:    “On behalf of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, please accept my very best wishes to everyone celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day.    I am proud that Canada was the Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in 1991.     Our two nations continue...
August 23, 2016

We mark a solemn occasion to preserve the memory of the victims of mass extermination - the victims of Stalinism and Nazism. Seventy-seven years ago, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between two totalitarian regimes, Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union,  was signed and ultimately led to the repression and slaughter of millions of people. We pay tribute to the tens of millions of victims in Europe. Many fled to Canada and settl...
August 23, 2016

WINNIPEG, MB – Ontario PC Critic for Women’s Issues, MPP Laurie Scott visited Winnipeg to learn from experts in the fight against human sex trafficking. “The pioneering work of my friend Joy Smith is well regarded across the country,” said Scott. “I was pleased to have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the Joy Smith Foundation, national stakeholders such as Cybertip.ca, and local organizations - and t...
August 16, 2016

WINDSOR – Ontario PC Critic for Women’s Issues, MPP Laurie Scott hosted a roundtable discussion on human sex trafficking with the Windsor Police Service and local community partners.   “The Windsor Police and local community organizations are actively fighting the growth of human sex trafficking in their region – particularly along the Highway 401 corridor. Their message to me was clear: the exploitation of young gi...
August 15, 2016

The following is a statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Ontario’s doctors rejection of the Physician Services Agreement:  “Today we have witnessed the democratic response of Ontario’s doctors to the Wynne Liberals’ short-sighted cuts to patient care.  With the unilateral cuts to physician services, vilification of their profession and continual adversarial ca...
August 15, 2016

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement marking India’s Independence Day:    “Today we mark the 69th anniversary of India's independence. It is an important and festive occasion for many in Ontario and around the world.  I was pleased to greet my friend Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, when he came to Canada in 2015, and to visit him at his home in India earlier this year. C...
August 15, 2016

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement celebrating Gwangbokjeol:    “I want to extend best wishes to all in Ontario and abroad who are commemorating Gwangbokjeol - the national liberation day of Korea.     It is celebrated in both South and North Korea.    South Korea has become a thriving economic powerhouse and has flourished with a vibrant culture that values freedom and de...
August 14, 2016

Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement marking Pakistan’s 70thIndependence Day:  “I am pleased to send warmest greetings to all who are celebrating Pakistan's 70th Independence Day. Ontario is home to a large number of Canadians of Pakistani heritage, who have greatly contributed to our province's diversity.  Many opportunities exist between Canada and Pakistan. I certainly enjoyed visiting ...
August 12, 2016

The following is a statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on the end of Premier Wynne’s Northern Tour  “With Premier Wynne’s tour of Northern Ontario concluding, I have to say that I am disappointed she didn’t take the opportunity to address – or even discuss – some of the region’s most pressing issues. Over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to visit the North 20 times. I know ...
August 10, 2016

The following is a statement from Ontario PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski on Ontario’s electricity rates:    “Today we learned that Ontario Hydro One customers officially pay the highest residential electricity rates in North America, after our province’s fast-increasing rates surpassed Hawaii’s.   Blame for this sad news rests solely with the Liberal Government. It would not have been possible without t...
August 10, 2016

SCARBOROUGH – This morning, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River Raymond Cho met with Dr. Douglas Mark, a local physician and the Interim President of DoctorsOntario, where they discussed the impact the Wynne Liberals’ health care cuts are having on patients.     Dr. Douglas Mark, whose clinic Your Total Health Care is based in Scarborough, spoke about how he has lived a...
August 09, 2016

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of MPP Tim Hudak (Niagara West-Glanbrook).     “On behalf of the Ontario PC Party and Caucus, I would like to thank Tim Hudak for his years of service to his constituents, the Ontario PC Party, and the province of Ontario.     First elected in 1995 at age 27, Tim has been a stalwart in the Ontario PC Party and the...
August 09, 2016

The following is a statement from Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown regarding the provincial government's negotiations with Ontario's physicians:  “The Wynne Liberals have wasted billions of dollars through scandal, waste, and mismanagement. Now they’re trying to make up for it on the backs of Ontario’s patients, creating a permanent crisis in our health care system through continued cuts and drasti...
August 08, 2016

The following is a statement from Ontario PC Leader and Education Critic Patrick Brown on Provincial and Demonstration Schools:    “Provincial and demonstration schools, which provide services for blind, deaf, and severely learning disabled students, provide an opportunity for some of our province’s most vulnerable to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.    It is great to see that after months o...
August 05, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK - Today,Gila Martow, in conjunction withsenior critics in the Conservative Party of Canada, held an event to commemorate the second anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Yazidis by the Islamic State (ISIS) at Mount Sinjar. "ISIS continues to commit genocide against the Yazidi people of northern Iraq. Thousands of Yazidi women and girls remain held in captivity by ISIS soldiers, and are being raped, mutilated, and sold on...
August 05, 2016

BELLEVILLE - The Ministry of Education released the long awaited report into the provincial English Language Demonstration Schools today. The report – which covered four institutions across the province including Sagonaska Demonstration School in Belleville, reiterated many of the points made by the parents and former students of the schools who argued in favour of keeping them open.   “A lot of what is in the report is stuff t...
August 05, 2016

36,000 Jobs Lost in July, Including 18,900 Full-Time Jobs QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Ontario PC Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Critic Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) discussed Ontario’s disappointing job numbers, which were released by Stats Canada today. “Last month, Ontario lost 36,000 jobs, with full-time workers making up the bulk of these positions. Unfortunately for these individual...
August 04, 2016

SCARBOROUGH – Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Scarborough-Rouge River candidate Raymond Cho toured the Metro Golf Dome in Scarborough. During the tour, the Metro Golf Dome’s General Manager Jim Tasakalos highlighted the impact of skyrocketing hydro rates on the business. In the last year the business‎' hydro bills have increased by approximately $1,000 a month. “What we saw at the Metro Golf Dome is p...
August 04, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s latest quarterly financial statement confirms that the government is artificially balancing the budget through the one-time sale of assets, only to see it plunge back into deficit, Nipissing MPP and Finance Critic Vic Fedeli said today.   This morning, the government released the province’s 2016-17 First Quarter Finances which indicate that projections for revenue, expenditures, an...

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