Ten weeks have now passed since the 2018 Provincial Election and it is now time for me to inform you of the progress we have achieved so far in our summer session at Queen’s Park, as well as outside of it.
In order to best serve Ontarians, our government started summer session early so we could take immediate steps to restore faith in Ontario's public institutions and our government. Thanks to this, we have come far from where we started, to Get Ontario Back in Business!
We have indeed successfully ended the Cap-and-Trade Tax in Ontario, resulting in lowered gas prices and energy bills as well as in an influx of new jobs in our province.
Our government also launched a new commission to analyze past government spending in order to improve government spending as well as transparency; allowing us deliver on our promise to end the mismanagement of funds and let the Ontarians know where their tax money goes.
I am proud to announce as well, that this session allowed to put an end to the York University strike that had negatively affected more than 48,000 students over the course of five months.
The latest of our successes took form in the restoration of the $12 million cut from the fight of guns and gangs two weeks ago, when we secured an investment of $25 million to help protect our citizens and combat gun violence. This victory hits close to home, as it is directly related to the investment of $182 million to replace ageing infrastructure with nine new Ontario Provincial Police detachments, one of which being located in Orillia.
However, these weren’t the only successes for our riding! The past weeks have seen many events on the local scene. The sanctioning of the new Custom Head Dress for the Beausoleil First Nations, our unanimously supported motion for skilled trades reform, the celebration of our Scottish cultural heritage as well as of the Pride. Our riding also saw a plurality of sports events in which victories were plentiful, as well as festivals with the highlight of the nationally-renowned Boots & Hearts Music Festival
I would like to finish by giving my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered and supported me throughout my campaign. It was a team effort and I am grateful for all your hard work. I am very proud to be representing all the constituents of Simcoe North at Queen’s Park as the first-ever elected female provincial representative from this riding. I have appreciated all the feedback I have received and I am looking forward to hearing from everyone in the continued months so that I can best represent all people of Simcoe North. I hope to see you all at the upcoming fall fairs in Oro-Medonte, Ramona, Coldwater, and Orillia and I am eager to share with you more about our advancement at Queen’s Park when fall session begins again on September 24th, 2018.
Jill Dunlop, MPP