On May 10, Halton Region sent a questionnaire to all candidates seeking election as Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in its local ridings. The questionnaire outlines five key advocacy issues, and asks candidates how they would address these issues if elected. Candidate responses will help residents make informed decisions on Election Day.
“Halton consistently advocates for long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes that help us protect existing taxpayers from the cost of Provincially mandated growth,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By learning about party platforms through the responses to our questionnaire, residents can decide which candidate’s position best reflects their priorities for Halton’s future, and we can work with the successful candidates to ensure that Halton’s issues are adequately addressed.”
The Region’s questionnaire focuses on the following Regional advocacy issues:
- confirming Regional and Provincial regulatory roles in the proposed CN truck-rail hub;
- investing in roads and infrastructure to support growth targets;
- investing in adequate funding to support mandatory public health programs to close the $9.3 million funding gap;
- immediately investing in new technologies and establishing enforceable performance agreements for area Central Ambulance Communications Centres; and
- investing in safe, affordable and accessible government-assisted housing.
The questionnaire is part of Halton’s ongoing efforts to advocate for critical supports from other levels of government on behalf of residents. The Region will post responses on halton.ca/ONelection as they are received.
Ontario’s Places to Grow Act, 2005 mandates that Halton’s population grow to approximately one million people by the year 2041. To reach this target, the infrastructure and services required to support it must be planned and financed before they are needed. Ensuring growth pays for itself is essential to protecting the high quality of life in Halton.
The Provincial Election will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Ridings in Halton include Burlington, Milton, Oakville, Oakville North—Burlington and Wellington-Halton Hills—to check your riding or register to vote, visit Elections Ontario.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 550,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.