Michael Carlucci's 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 Michael Carlucci's responses to 2014 Provincial Election Questionnaire.NDP

Michael Carlucci
Wellington-Halton Hills - NDP
michaelcarlucci@ontariondp.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?

    The Ontario NDP is committed to the Big Move. We have a 10 year dedicated fund for transit and transportation projects across the province that begins funding immediately. We will also prioritize high impact transit projects, and boost transit investment by $250 million annually to kickstart transit relief. An NDP government will also restore the funding, cut by Kathleen Wynne in 2010, for new replacement buses for up to 127 municipalities across Ontario.
  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?

    An Ontario NDP government will invest in community infrastructure. We will create an Open Schools Fund with $60 million in annual funding to prevent school closures and extend free and low-fee access for non-profit groups to use school space during evenings and weekends. We will also provide $450 million in additional capital funding for the education sector over the next three years.

    An Ontario NDP government will open 50 new 24-hour family health clinics with the capacity to serve at least 250,000 people, cutting the number of Ontarians without access to primary care by 25 percent. Family health clinics will give patients an alternative to ERs for after-hours medical needs and help us cut ER wait times in half.

  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?

    The Liberal cuts to education and child care are unacceptable and Tim Hudak will cut even deeper. Andrea Horwath is the only leader committed to making significant investments in education. An Ontario NDP government will create an Open Schools Fund with $60 million in annual funding to prevent school closures and increase after-hours school access for non-profit groups. We will also provide $450 million in additional capital funding for schools over the next three years.

    Under an Ontario NDP government, school boards will be able to hire 1,000 more educational assistants and 1,000 new health and physical education teachers. We are the only party that will actually increase the supports available to students in classrooms across Ontario. Student nutrition programs will also see increased funding of $15 million per year to promote healthy eating and provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

  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?

    The Ontario NDP does not believe that plans for the GTA West superhighway should proceed until the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine reviews are conducted in 2015, and all possible alternatives to a new highway have been explored.

    We are also committed to reducing congestion by providing people with affordable and convenient alternatives to driving. That’s why we will fund 50 percent of the operating cost of local public transit systems, and create a cycling infrastructure fund dedicated to municipal investments in bike lanes, bike storage and bike tourism.

  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?

    The Ontario NDP will review the Development Charges Act to ensure that growth pays for growth. We will start by removing the discount that developers get to recover their costs related to recreation services, library services, old age homes, space for child care, health department services, and ambulance stations.
  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?

    The Ontario NDP will review the Development Charges Act to ensure that growth pays for growth. We will start by removing the discount that developers get to recover their costs related to recreation services, library services, old age homes, space for child care, health department services, and ambulance stations.
  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?

    The Ontario NDP will extend funding for affordable housing program for five years. We are committed to create real and affordable housing solutions, NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park, Cheri DiNovo, tabled a bill that would allow inclusionary zoning to enable municipalities to tackle affordable housing. Finally, we will protect tenants by stepping up enforcement of building and maintenance standards to make sure that existing rental units are healthy and safe.
  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 are committed to improving the quality, efficiency and accessibility of our health care system. We must commit to improving patient outcomes, while keeping in mind our financial responsibility to tax payers. The Ontario NDP's goal is to make investments that ease pressure on hospital resources and that increase quality of care.

    Our immediate plan is to address the most pressing shortcomings in our health care system, starting with cutting ER wait times in half, creating 50 new family health clinics, eliminating the crisis wait list for long-term care beds, and implementing a 5 day home care guarantee. We believe that these initiatives will help relieve pressures throughout the health care system, including public health programs and paramedic services in Halton.

  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 are committed to improving the quality, efficiency and accessibility of our health care system. We must commit to improving patient outcomes, while keeping in mind our financial responsibility to tax payers. The Ontario NDP's goal is to make investments that ease pressure on hospital resources and that increase quality of care.

    Our immediate plan is to address the most pressing shortcomings in our health care system, starting with cutting ER wait times in half, creating 50 new family health clinics, eliminating the crisis wait list for long-term care beds, and implementing a 5 day home care guarantee. We believe that these initiatives will help relieve pressures throughout the health care system, including public health programs and paramedic services in Halton.

  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?

    Yes, our plan is to honour that commitment.
  11. Are you willing to vote against your party’s platform on issues that negatively affect Halton Region?

    As MPP, I will take very seriously my role as a representative and advocate for my constituents. I am very proud to work for the Ontario NDP team that puts Ontario families first and works for their priorities.