Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2014
Government needs to get moving on municipal ice storm assistance
(Queen’s Park) – The Ontario Government needs to do what it can to expedite the process and ensure that municipalities receive fair compensation for the costs incurred by last year’s
Christmas ice storm.
That is the message that Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott delivered in the Ontario
Legislature on December 10.
“On February 18, I spoke in this House and urged the Government to work with our municipal partners to ensure that they were properly compensated for legitimate ice storm costs. I also wrote directly to the previous Minister several times in support of our local municipalities,” Mr. Arnott said.
“However, almost a year has now passed, and they are growing increasingly frustrated with a
process that seems to keep changing on them and is much more complex and complicated than it perhaps needs to be,” he continued.
Before his statement, Mr. Arnott reached out to municipal and local conservation authority
officials in Wellington-Halton Hills, asking for details about their individual claims.
The next day, he approached the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the Legislature to discuss the problem and presented this information directly to him.
“I trust our local partners, and I am confident that they would submit verifiable claims or I
wouldn’t be standing in this House now and raising this issue… Let’s work together and get this done,” Mr. Arnott concluded.
(Attached: Hansard record of Mr. Arnott’s statement in the Ontario Legislature, December 10,
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