Dave Rodgers' Responses to 2014 Provincial Election Questionnaire

On June 12, 2014, Halton voters will cast their ballot for local provincial election candidates. On behalf of Halton residents, Regional Chair Gary Carr has sent a letter and questionnaire to local candidates asking how they would resolve critical issues facing Halton.

The following are Dave Rodgers' responses to 2014 Provincial Election Questionnaire.

Dan Zister

Dave Rodgers
Wellington Halton Hills - Green
daverodgers@gpo.ca


  1. Halton Region requests that the Provincial Government provide predictable funding to keep Halton moving and deliver on committed projects through the Metrolinx Plan, The Big Move, including all day GO service to Milton and Georgetown, and the electrification of the Lakeshore GO line, to meet the transportation needs of our growing community. What will you and your government do to ensure that Halton’s Metrolinx projects are delivered within the next 5 years?

    Your Green MPPs will demand that Ontario establish a dedicated transit fund--one that politicians can’t waste on things like moving gas plants--to build new transit and support the operation of existing transit. And we will insist on an honest plan to pay for it.
  2. What will your government do to ensure that Halton’s growing communities have the necessary community infrastructure, such as schools and health care facilities, in place to keep pace with the growth?

    Your Green MPPs will call on the government to merge the English and French public and Catholic school boards. We’ll have one public school system in Ontario with French and English school boards. The GPO wants the $1.2 to $1.6 billion that will be saved every year to go back into the classroom. Merging the school boards will allow us to increase funding for special education, keep more schools open, and reduce urban busing.

    We will also invest in preventative health care measures, move to multidisciplinary clinics and invest in active infrastructure for walking, cycling and wheeled mobility users to create safer streets for our citizens.
  3. Halton’s school boards receive the lowest per capital funding in the Province and they have recently learned that their operating and capital costs are being cut. Being a growing region, particularly in Milton, Canada’s fastest growing community, funding is urgently needed and without it, we will not be able to keep up with the provincial mandated growth. What will you and your government do to increase Halton’s school board’s funding to enable them to meet their students’ needs?

    Your Green MPPs will call on the government to merge the English and French public and Catholic school boards. We’ll have one public school system in Ontario with French and English school boards. The GPO wants the $1.2 to $1.6 billion that will be saved every year to go back into the classroom. Merging the school boards will allow us to increase funding for special education, keep more schools open, and reduce urban busing.
  4. Will your government move forward with Niagara to GTA transportation corridor? If so, will you commit to voting against any option that impacts the Niagara Escarpment?

    Yes
  5. Halton Region requests funding sources that support the recovery and collection of growth related costs to ensure that Halton’s taxpayers do not bear the financial impacts of growth. What will your government do to ensure this?

    We would have an honest conversation with local level government to ensure that Halton Region gets the funding it needs to ensure proper infrastructure needs are met in line with growth.
  6. Changes to the Development Charges (DC) Act is necessary to recover growth costs, including: include all services funded by a municipality in the Act, remove the 10 per cent discount for all services, replace the 10 year advantage historic service limits with a service level that is forward looking, remove mandatory exemptions. Will your party amend the DC Act to ensure that taxpayers are not burdened with the costs of growth?

    We would have an honest conversation with local level government to ensure that Halton Region gets the funding it needs to ensure proper infrastructure needs are met in line with growth.
  7. Halton Region invests $26 million annually to provide assisted housing options for low income residents and we have had an increase of 894 in affordable/assisted housing units since 2007. What long term funding commitments will you and your government make to create real and affordable housing solutions in Halton?

    We would ensure there is a required percentage of affordable income housing included in new housing/condo developments. We would also push to move to a Guaranteed Annual Income which would help alleviate poverty in a drastic way.
  8. What will you and you government do to deliver long-term, sustainable funding at the expected (agreed upon) levels of cost sharing for Public Health programs and Paramedic Services?

    We would have an honest conversation with local level government to ensure that Halton Region gets the funding it needs to ensure proper infrastructure needs are met in line with growth
  9. Will you and your government commit to taking immediate action to address offloading delays and enhancements to the Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) to ensure that Halton residents receive the level of Paramedic Services required to meet their needs? If so, how?

    We would have an honest conversation with local level government to ensure that Halton Region gets the funding it needs to ensure proper infrastructure needs are met in line with growth
  10. Will you and your government honour the 2008 commitment to continue to the upload of social service and court costs until full implementation in 2018?

    We will work with the other parties to ensure the needs are met.
  11. Are you willing to vote against your party’s platform on issues that negatively affect Halton Region?

    Yes