Candidates Response to Question 10 of the 2014 Provincial Election

On June 12, 2014 Halton voters will cast their ballot for local Provincial candidates. On behalf of Halton residents, Regional Chair Gary Carr has sent a letter and questionnaire to Halton’s candidates asking for their positions on a number of issues of critical importance to Halton Region.

Question 10

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?
 

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Burlington

    Meredith Cross - Green



    Charles J. Zach - Libertarian
Halton

    Susan Farrant - Green
    Kal Ghory - Libertarian




Oakville
    Andrew Chlobowski - Green




    Silvio Ursomarzo - Freedom
Wellington - Halton Hills


    Jason Cousineau - Libertarian

    Mitch Sproule - Freedom


Andrew Brannan, Burlington - Freedom a.p.brannan@gmail.com

I’m not familiar with this issue, but given the moral tone leading the question, I will say I don’t want to dishonour and commitments unless they fly in the face of fiscal sanity which is to start by balancing the budget.

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Jane McKenna, Burlington - Conservative website (external link)   jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak has indicated that if elected to government that Ontario PCs would continue to pay for programs that have already been uploaded back onto the province’s books.

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Eleanor McMahon, Burlington - Liberal  website (external link) emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

In order to build a prosperous and fair Ontario, we need prosperous local communities. That’s why our government has worked cooperatively with municipal partners to ensure they have the flexibility to address local needs without being burdened by costs.

We have entered into landmark agreements with municipalities that have resulted in $2 billion in service costs uploaded off the back of municipal taxpayers. We have seen municipal support increase every year since 2003. I’m proud to say that we remain committed to uploading $1.5 billion per year in social assistance and court security costs by 2018–agreed through the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. By 2018, when the uploading of costs are fully absorbed, we will have increased support by more than 270%.

Ontario Liberals have a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, our Government will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

When they were in power, the PCs downloaded highways and services onto municipalities. Unfortunately, the types of cuts that the PCs are proposing in their platform would once again lead to additional costs or service cuts to municipalities.

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NDP

Jan Mowbray, Burlington - NDP website (external link) jan@janmowbray.ca,

Yes, our plan is to honour that commitment.



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David Clement, Oakville - Libertarian  website (external link)  david@davidclement.ca

Yes. The provincial government should operate in the same way it demands its residents act. Meeting contractual obligations is vital in both the public and private realms. If the government can not meet its contractual obligations, they should pay the agreed upon fine for contract cancellation.

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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn, Oakville - Liberal  website External Link  kflynn@ontarioliberal.com 

In order to build a prosperous and fair Ontario, we need prosperous local communities.

That’s why our government has worked cooperatively with municipal partners to ensure they have the flexibility to address local needs without being burdened by costs.

We have entered into landmark agreements with municipalities that have resulted in $2 billion in service costs uploaded off the back of municipal taxpayers. We have seen municipal support increase every year since 2003.

I’m proud to say that we remain committed to uploading $1.5 billion per year in social assistance and court security costs by 2018–agreed through the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. By 2018, when the uploading of costs are fully absorbed, we will have increased support by more than 270 per cent.

Ontario Liberals have a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, our Government will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes

When they were in power, the PCs downloaded highways and GO services onto municipalities. Unfortunately, the types of cuts that the PCs are proposing in their platform would once again lead to additional costs or service cuts to municipalities.

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Che Marville

Che Marville, Oakville - NDP  che@oakvillendp.ca

We value our social service and court system, we keep our commitments.



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Larry Scott

Larry Scott, Oakville - Conservative larryscottpc@gmail.com

There is no significant amount of money available from the provincial government to try and buy solutions to our problems here in Halton. In spite of that, you have my personal commitment to work with you, to examine solutions that you may have or will come up with, to better serve all the people in Halton

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Ted Chudleigh

Ted Chudleigh, Halton - Conservative  ted@tedchudleigh.com

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.

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Gerry Marsh - Family Coalition Party

Gerry Marsh, Halton - Family Coalition website (external link)   gerry.halton@fcpontario.ca

I am not aware of this situation but if a commitment was made it should be honoured. That being said the FCP believes that governments should only deliver services not better delivered by the private sector .

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Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris, Halton - Liberal  website (external link)  inaidoo-harrisliberal.ola.org

In order to build a prosperous and fair Ontario, we need prosperous local communities. That’s why our government has worked cooperatively with municipal partners to ensure 
We have entered into landmark agreements with municipalities that have resulted in $2 billion in service costs uploaded off the back of municipal taxpayers. We have seen municipal support increase every year since 2003.

I’m proud to say that we remain committed to uploading $1.5 billion per year in social assistance and court security costs by 2018–agreed through the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. By 2018, when the uploading of costs is fully absorbed, we will have increased support by more than 270 per cent.

Ontario Liberals have a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. In 2014, our Government will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes

When they were in power, the PCs downloaded highways and services onto municipalities. Unfortunately, the types of cuts that the PCs are proposing in their platform would once again lead to additional costs or service cuts to municipalities.

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NDP

Nik Spohr, Halton - NDP nik@nikspohr.ca,

Yes, our plan is to honour that commitment.



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Ted Arnott

Ted Arnott, Wellington Halton Hills - Conservative  website (external link)  ted.arnott@pc.ola.org

I would hope to see the uploading of social service and court costs continue as planned. However, the Drummond report, commissioned by the Liberal Government, recommended that the full implementation of municipal uploading be extended by two years, to 2020.

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NDP

Michael Carlucci, Wellington-Halton Hills    michaelcarlucci@ontariondp.ca

Yes, our plan is to honour that commitment.



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Dan Zister

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

We will work with the other parties to ensure the needs are met.



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Dan Zister

Dan Zister, Wellington - Halton Hills - Liberal  website (external link)  dan@danzister.ca

In order to build a prosperous and fair Ontario, the Ontario Liberals along with myself believe that we need prosperous local communities. That is why our government has worked cooperatively with municipal partners to ensure they have the flexibility to address local needs without being burdened by costs.

We have entered into landmark agreements with municipalities that have resulted in $2 billion in service costs uploaded off the back of municipal taxpayers. We have seen municipal support increase every year since 2003.

It gives me great pleasure to also state that we remain committed to uploading $1.5 billion per year in social assistance and court security costs by 2018–agreed through the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. By 2018, when the uploading of costs are fully absorbed, we will have increased support by more than 270%.

It is no surprise that our Ontario Liberals have a strong record of supporting and working with municipalities. Our government will provide municipalities with ongoing support of approximately $3.5 billion. This will give municipalities room in their budgets to invest in local priorities and control property taxes.

When the PCs were in power, they put the onus of highways and services onto municipalities. Unfortunately, the types of cuts that the PCs are proposing in their platform would once again lead to additional costs or service cuts to municipalities.

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