November 6, 2014 – Halton Courthouse
Ontario Hansard – 06-November2014
Mr. Ted Arnott: Mr. Speaker, it’s my privilege to represent the people of the town of Halton Hills in this Legislature. It has come to my attention that we need a new consolidated courthouse in Milton to serve the region of Halton.
Earlier this year, I was copied on a letter to Ms. Laura Oliver, president of the Halton County Law Association, from Paul Stunt, a lawyer in Oakville. He outlined the need for “a new and adequate court facility to serve the residents of Halton region.” In response, I gave him a call and suggested he invite the Halton area MPPs for a tour of the existing, inadequate court facilities in Milton. He agreed. I was pleased to have the opportunity to tour the courthouse on September 10 and later to attend a town hall meeting of courthouse users, including lawyers, judges and staff.
I understand that the other Halton MPPs—my colleagues—are scheduled to be touring the courthouse next week. As always, I am prepared to work co-operatively across party lines with other Halton MPPs to encourage the government to approve the new courthouse we need in Halton.
I’ve also discussed this issue directly with the Attorney General and our Attorney General critic, and I appreciate their genuine interest.
We are seeking a briefing with ministry staff on the approval process for new courthouses, and I look forward to hearing confirmation from the AG’s office, as I hope we can have this briefing as soon as it can be possibly set up.
Let’s work together and get this done.