‘I of course want to thank the fine folks of my riding—in Welland, Port Colborne, Thorold, Wainfleet and the south end of St. Catharines—for their support over the years.’ – Cindy Forster, MPP
A Statement by Niagara, Ontario area MPP Cindy Forster from Queen’s Park, Toronto
Posted April 26, 2018 on Niagara At Large
A Brief Foreword from NAL reporter and publisher Doug Draper – The following statement, delivered by Welland (Niagara Centre) Riding MPP Cindy Forster this past Wednesday, April 25th in the Ontario legislature, includes words of good-bye to that body as the current session of provincial parliament wraps up after Forster (as she announced earlier this year) decided not to run as a candidate in this June’s Ontario election.
Niagara At Large will be posting a tribute to Cindy Forest and what we regard as her dedicated and fearless work for a fair shake for her constituents and others across the province, and her ongoing fight for openness and accountability from all public bodies, including Niagara’s regional government and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. Stay Tuned for that.
And now, here is Cindy Forster’s April 25th statement in the Ontario legislature at Queen’s Park –
Wednesday 25 April 2018 Mercredi 25 avril 2018
Ms. Cindy Forster: “Thank you for the opportunity to speak to this bill. I’ll say up front that I may share my time if I happen to run out of words, but that’s unlikely.
I was here yesterday afternoon for the debate on Bill 53 and the Ontario Fair Wage Policy. You can see that things in this Legislature are starting to get very raunchy, I would say. I was just saying to the member from Toronto Danforth: You remember the last US campaign between Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton. Michelle Obama would go out and she would say, “When they go low, we go high.”
That was kind of what was happening in here yesterday. I think part of that is because we’re only a few days away from the writ being dropped. The government, with this Bill 53, is trying to get another crack at the voters, at that sector of the voters, in an attempt to improve their ratings, because they have been falling so low in the polls.
Anyway, I wanted to spend a couple of minutes, if you will indulge me, Speaker, just thinking about the work that went into, from my office and from some of the legislative staff’s perspective—I just wanted to take a few minutes.
I’m not running again in the upcoming election, after seven years, and I wanted to take an opportunity to thank the staff here in the Legislature.
From the Speaker’s office to the table Clerks to the translators, our security officers, right down to the people who clean our offices and the people who work in the cafeteria and the people who do Hansard, my seven years have been nothing but pleasant with all of the staff here in the Legislature.
Whether it was on a committee, where they were giving us advice on how to deal with some conflict that was going on, or whether it was here in the House, giving us advice on procedure, they’ve always been kind and—the word that comes to me—unfazed, regardless of the situations that they encounter, and always non-partisan, in a very political arena; always non-partisan, has been my experience. I wanted to make sure that the staff know that I actually appreciated their work over the last seven years.
I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank my constituency staff and to thank my Queen’s Park staff, our caucus staff and our colleagues for all of the hard work that they do day in and day out, particularly in the constituency, Speaker, where they’re dealing with people—we are the last stop in their shopping. We’re the last resort. They’ve been everywhere. They may have been to the government ministries. They’ve been to, in some cases, the police, or they’ve been to the municipality. At the end of the day, they come to our constituency offices. Sometimes they just get heard with no results, but many times they get very good outcomes in our constituency offices.
I wanted to thank my NDP colleagues, many of whom I didn’t know when I came here seven years ago.
Mr. Taras Natyshak (an NDP MPP for the Ontario riding of Essex County): We love you, Cindy.
Ms. Cindy Forster: Thank you, Taras.
I didn’t know them, but they’ve all become good friends, family and a real team. I’ve forged some relationships, of course, with members of government and members of the official opposition. At every opportunity, we’re all here to do a job, and I’ve appreciated the time that I’ve had here.
Finally, I of course want to thank the fine folks of my riding—in Welland, Port Colborne, Thorold, Wainfleet and the south end of St. Catharines—for their support over the years.
Now I’ll get back to the bill, Mr. Speaker, and I thank you for that.”
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