MPP Arnott welcomes Government’s promise to build new university campus in Milton
Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2016
MPP Arnott welcomes Government’s promise to build new
university campus in Milton
(Queen’s Park) – Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott rose in the Ontario Legislature on
November 2 to inform MPPs about the Government’s announcement of plans for a new
university campus in Milton.
“The promise of the future in Ontario calls us to pursue excellence in post-secondary education, leading to good, career-track job opportunities for graduates and a stronger, innovation-based economy for the Province,” Mr. Arnott said. “This goal requires partnership and vision. That’s why we were so excited to hear the Government’s commitment to build a new university campus in Halton. I was glad to be in attendance when the announcement was made last Wednesday in Milton.”
Afterwards, Mr. Arnott thanked the Government for committing to building a campus in Milton.
“I want to thank the Government of Ontario for making this promise,” he said. “When it’s built,
the new Milton campus will provide another local post-secondary education option for our
In his statement in the Legislature, Mr. Arnott also recognized the important contribution of local officials.
“Region of Halton Chair Gary Carr, who spoke at the announcement, has provided strong,
effective leadership on Regional Council in support of this proposal,” Mr. Arnott told MPPs.
“Mayors Gord Krantz and Rick Bonnette have also been vocal advocates, and we thank them as
Mr. Arnott has been pushing for a new university campus in Milton for some time. He has met
with officials from Wilfrid Laurier University twice over the past year to discuss their proposal for
a new campus in Milton, including a meeting in September at Queen’s Park with Ontario PC
Leader Patrick Brown. He has also raised the matter several times in the House to call attention to the merits of Laurier’s proposal, and written the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
In addition, on September 12th, the very first day of the House resumed for a new session, he
tabled a Private Member’s Resolution calling upon the Government to approve Laurier’s Milton campus proposal.
While Mr. Arnott welcomed the Government’s promise of a new Milton campus, he asked the
Government to provide clarity on the timeframe of the university project.
“While the Minister announced a call for proposals for this coming January, she did not indicate any time-frame for when the new campus will be completed and open for students,” Mr. Arnott pointed out. “We all know this is a long-term project and it won’t be built overnight, but surely Milton residents and Laurier’s supporters deserve to know the Government’s timetable for completion of the new campus. I urge the Minister to announce this publicly, and soon.”
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Ted Arnott, MPP