Ted Arnott, MPP
Wellington – Halton Hills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2011
Arnott takes local priorities to all-party Finance Committee
(Queen’s Park) – Even though the Legislature isn’t presently in session, the all-party Standing
Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs has been busy. Over the last two weeks, the committee met to conduct pre-budget consultations.
“I decided to make this opportunity to speak up, once again on the public record, for the health care
needs of Wellington-Halton Hills,” said Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott. On both January 31
and February 1, Mr. Arnott used the hearings to once again advocate for Wellington-Halton Hills
hospital redevelopment projects.
“Groves and Georgetown hospitals each have hospital projects that merit the Government’s
support,” said Mr. Arnott.
Even when the entire Legislature isn’t in session, Legislative Standing Committees are often
meeting to conduct hearings and consider legislation and public issues.
Every year to prepare for the provincial budget, the Finance Committee hears the ideas and
suggestions from interested persons and groups from across Ontario. The committee then attempts
to achieve consensus on the most important priorities facing the province. It will then write and
submit a report to the Minister of Finance, detailing those priorities that could be included in the
“With the provincial election expected on October 6, most likely the Liberals will use this budget to
try to win back lost support,” observed Mr. Arnott. “It may be a very cynical exercise and most likely
will prove to be futile.”
Some of the presenters included the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), the elementary
and secondary teachers’ federations and Wilfrid Laurier University, the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Cancer
Also appearing before the committee were the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association and the Ontario
Pork producers; in response, Mr. Arnott supported their call for action on a risk management
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