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Ted Chudleigh'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 Ted Chudleigh's responses to 2014 Provincial Election Questionnaire.

Ted Chudleigh

Ted Chudleigh
Halton - Conservative

  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?

    We will deliver them. The projects scheduled for the next five years will be completed and we will try to move projects forward, such as the implementation of all-day service to Milton.
  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?

    We will ensure that funding is provided based on actual population counts rather than out of date counts based on old information.
  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?

    We will ensure that up to date population information is used to calculate funding. It is irresponsible of the government to to anything else. Halton's growing population must be served by fair and reasonable treatment from the provincial government - that's why I asked the legislature to pass a resolution that insured provincial grants and funding were provided on the basis of actual, up to date population counts, rather than data from census information that is often years out of date.
  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?

    There is a significant need for a new highway from Fort Erie the Hamilton Airport, a route that is supported by local municipalities, and one which takes pressure off sensitive fruit lands near the existing QEW. We support this new highway, however we draw the line at any new impact on the Niagara Escarpment, as existing highways already connect this route with the GTA. Any extension of the highway should go north from Hamilton Airport to Highway 401 in the Hanlon Expressway area to alleviate the pressure on the very dangerous Highway 6 between Highway 403 and Highway 401.
  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 do not believe in provincially mandated programs for growth, density or finance in the development of local planning. We would remove those current mandates and allow local municipalities to make their own decisions.
  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?

    Determining the cost of growth is a moving target. We will work with municipalities to determine a fair definition of what costs should be included. Not all municipalities are the same so some range of options should be allowed so municipalities can make local determinations of their development charge needs.
  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?

    Every municipality is different. But there is only one taxpayer. We will work with municipal governments to provide the best and most practical solutions.
  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?

    Again I expect the reason for the shortfall is an unwillingness by the current government to fund services on up-to-date population counts. Given the rapid growth in Halton, such data must be as current as possible. Failure to do so is irresponsible of government.
  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?

    Yes, by funding based on continually updated population counts.
  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?

    Again, there is only one taxpayer. The level of government that can provide a service most efficiently should do it. We will keep the taxpayer at the forefront of our decisions.
  11. Are you willing to vote against your party’s platform on issues that negatively affect Halton Region?

    Yes. I have voted against my Party while in government over their plan for large scale development of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Those elected are elected to serve the people of Halton not Party members with whom they share a basic political philosophy. If returned to government the PCs are essentially a Board of Directors for the province, and while I would never support anything that hurt Halton specifically, as a member of that board I have to balance those needs with the needs of the whole province.