Che Marville'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 Che Marville's responses to 2014 Provincial Election Questionnaire.

Che Marville

Che Marville
Oakville - NDP
che@oakvillendp.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?

    Transportation is an essential priority that will transform Ontario, create opportunity and wellbeing. We will create a dedicated fund of $29 billion over 10 years for transit and transportation projects across the province, and begin flowing funds immediately. We want to cut down on carbon emissions by reducing number of private commuter cars on our roads, so Metrolinx is a vital project. We will boost transit investment by $250 million annually to kick start priority transit projects.
  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?

    Schools and healthcare facilities are critical community infrastructure, they create community health and wellbeing. School boards will be able to apply for funding to help keep schools threatened with closure open, make necessary renovations, and to repurpose under-utilized space for other community uses. We will create 50 new family health clinics to be built across the province with the capacity to serve at least 250,000 people, cutting the number of Ontarians without access to primary care by 25%.
  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?

    Education is the greater equalizer, we are committed to being a global leader in education. Schools boards will be able to apply for funding to help keep schools threatened with closure open, make necessary renovations, and to repurpose under-utilized space for other community uses. Schools can also apply to the fund to increase free and low-fee access for non-profit groups to use school space during evenings and weekends.
  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 escarpment is precious and essential to the collective health of the region. It is protected under Niagara Escarpment Planning and development Act. The transportation corridor would only be built with careful planning of the optimum route with maximum consultation with local/community groups.
  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 need to build a vision for the future understanding that this is the moment to create the building blocks of the future through investment, responsible transparent collaboration with job creators and developers. And we all bear the costs, by paying Provincial and Federal taxes, as we should for living in this extraordinary region. We have a responsibility to be caretakers and visionaries.
  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?

    Not without careful study of the impact of the proposed changes
  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?

    128 housing units a year over 7 years is not great. You cannot create a housing strategy without connecting it to a job and growth strategy for the region. We need to introduce design thinking to the development of a housing planning. No family should be excluded from opportunity and security. I will be an advocate for affordable accessible housing and new design thinking and modeling.
  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?

    Given the Prohibitive cost of the new hospital, which the municipalities chose and which was, funded in large part by Queens Park. Our first priority is balancing the books and sorting out debt loads.
  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 value our social service and court system, we keep our commitments.
  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 value our social service and court system, we keep our commitments.
  11. Are you willing to vote against your party’s platform on issues that negatively affect Halton Region?

    I believe in collaboration and I don’t make blanket statements without full disclosure of a matter. I believe in this region and I will be a strong advocate for Oakville in all discussions that may affect its residents, environment, business and opportunity. The NDP has a plan that “Makes Sense”. You can download it at http://t.co/vXGaf811jO (external link)