Ontario Hansard – 22-February2017
Mr. Ted Arnott: Just over a month ago, I was pleased to attend a meeting at the region of Halton
headquarters with regional chair Gary Carr and some members of regional council and staff. We had a
great discussion, and I resolved to brin some of their concerns to the floor of the Ontario Legislature at
the earliest opportunity.
So here we go:
We urge the government to listen to Halton’s recommendations in the growth plan, OMB reform and the
conservation authorities review.
We urge the government to assist Halton with long-term, sustainable infrastructure funding, including
keeping commitments to Metrolinx improvements, and to consider the necessary requirements Halton is
seeking to fund their infrastructure priorities.
We urge the government to ensure public health funding keeps up with growth and address the long-
standing ambulance offloading problem.
We urge the government to favourably consider Halton’s needs for affordable housing, child care spaces
and long-term care in the context of any provincial funding decisions for these vital services.
We urge the government to consult Halton on the Greater Golden Horseshoe Transportation Plan and
ensure that the capacity of the 401 and the QEW is upgraded to manage growth. We urge the government
to develop an effective provincial agriculture strategy and help improve access to broadband Internet.
I am aware that the regional chair, council and staff seek a productive partnership with the government of
Ontario, and we want to work together to accomplish shared goals in the best interest of our residents.