“Municipalities … need a government committed to services – not cuts – and one willing to shoulder its fair share when it comes to these shared priorities,” – Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath
Hopefully, this means Horwath’s party would include the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority among the services it would have the province take more responsibility for
News from Ontario’s New Democratic Party
Posted August 15, 2017 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large publisher and reporter Doug Draper – Here are two thumbs up for Andrea Horwath, the only party leader who is so far promising, prior to next year’s provincial election, to take back responsibility for a number of government services that the former Ontario Tory government of Mike Harris downloaded on municipalities in the mid to late 1990s.
The downloading included Conservation Authorities, including the one (the NPCA) municipal taxpayers are now saddles with in the Niagara region and parts of Hamilton and Haldimand, which is costing local municipalities millions of dollars a year for services that have less and less of anything to do with nature conservation or protection than it did even five years ago.
The current Ontario Liberal government has shown no interest in taking back responsibilities for bodies like the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and when local municipal councils and citizen groups have gone to the province with concerns about the way this body is spending our money and the blatantly political make-up of the NPCA’s board of directors, the Liberal government says it has no power over this body – thus washing its hands of any responsibility.
Something all Niagara voters should keep in mind as they consider which party to vote for in the next provincial election.)
Ottawa, Ontario – In her address to the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said that an NDP government will be the partner that municipalities need at Queen’s Park.
“Ontario is at a tipping point. If we don’t make big changes soon, the next generation simply won’t have the same opportunities as we did, to build a great future, right here in Ontario,” said Horwath.
In her remarks, she strongly criticized the previous Conservative government for downloading the cost and responsibility for services onto municipalities – much of which the Wynne government has supported and refused to reverse.
The NDP Leader outlined an action plan that includes: a universal pharmacare drug plan that covers everyone regardless of age or income, which is expected to relieve $800 million in costs to current payers including municipalities; infrastructure like roads; and financial support for services like child care, social housing and transit.
Along with her pledge to upload costs, she outlined her plan to end damaging cuts to health care and schools, and to put Hydro One back in public hands so the government can control rates again, and bill-payers like households, businesses and municipalities will see their bills drop by at least 30 per cent.
“Municipalities need a better partner in the next provincial government that will take the pressure off. They need a government committed to services – not cuts – and one willing to shoulder its fair share when it comes to these shared priorities, which are services that Ontario families really count on,” said Horwath.
“New Democrats will make sure that families living in every corner of our province have equal access to great schools and excellent health care and the opportunity to build a prosperous future.”
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