2014 Provincial Election

Gary Carr Regional Chair

Halton Region is a vibrant and growing community with more than 520,000 residents and four distinct communities – Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. Recognized for its high quality of life and close proximity to Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, Halton Region is committed to ensuring that its future is strong and stable.

The Provincial Places to Grow Plan mandates that Halton Region’s population grow to 780,000 by the year 2031. To facilitate this growth there are a number of critical supports required from the provincial government in order to maintain the high quality of life that is currently enjoyed in Halton. A Strong Halton helps build a Strong Ontario.

Ensuring that growth pays for itself is imperative to the future vitality of Halton Region and is of critical importance to Regional Council. Halton’s strong financial position and AAA credit rating are key elements to our foundation. We will not compromise it to accommodate growth. The growth targets set by the Province for Halton must be matched with the funding to support them.

Some of the key challenges currently facing Halton are to:

  • Protect Halton’s taxpayers from the financial impacts of growth and the costs associated with conforming to provincial legislation.
  • Meet Halton’s community infrastructure needs of today and tomorrow.
  • Partner with all levels of government to create real and affordable housing solutions Halton Region is advocating for support from all levels of government in the form of long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes in order to ensure that Halton’s taxpayers are not burdened with the cost of growth.
  • Ensure that provincial funding for cost shared programs keeps pace with growth and that action is taken to address Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC) issues and offloading delays.

Municipalities only receive 11 per cent of every tax dollar paid. With this small amount, we provide cost effective and high quality programs and services that touch our residents each and every day. From the water residents drink to the roads they drive on, Halton Region is delivering these services and contributing to the high quality of life.

We are committed to working in partnership with other levels of government, Halton taxpayers and our community partners. We hope that our residents will take these issues into consideration when researching election candidates and when casting their vote in the upcoming Provincial election. Working together we can continue to make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Gary Carr
Regional Chair
2014 Provincial Election Candidate Questionnaire