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LETTER: It has been a difficult few months, says MPP Wilson

March 1, 2019   ·   0 Comments

Tuesday marked the first day the Ontario Legislature was back in session following the winter break. I was pleased to be there and participate in the lively proceedings.

As many of you may know, it has been a difficult few months for me on a personal level, and I first and foremost would like to take this opportunity to thank you, my constituents, for supporting me every step of the way.

Representing Simcoe-Grey is a job that I love and take very seriously; and, no matter where my seat is in the Legislature, it is a job I will do to the very best of my ability in our riding and at Queen’s Park.

As your MPP I look forward to the challenging and rewarding work that lies ahead.

My focus continues to be on my constituents and furthering your concerns. I ask that you please continue contacting me and my offices if I can help you, your family or your neighbours in any dealings you have with the Province of Ontario.

My top priorities continue to be the redevelopments of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston. These projects are critical for the future health care needs of our community and I am working alongside both hospitals to strongly push these projects forward at Queen’s Park.

Long-Term Care is also top of mind as our riding and the province desperately needs more beds. The Ford Government has committed to creating 15,000 long-term care beds within five years, and 30,000 in ten years. They recently announced 6,075 new beds, with some of those committed to our riding. I look forward to pushing for more beds to help relieve pressure on our hospitals.

Hospice is another issue. There is a need for 1,400 beds across the province. The government currently funds 500, including ten in Alliston and six in Collingwood. However, Collingwood is waiting on funding for an additional four beds that currently sit idle despite many applications for their use. This is completely unacceptable and it is an issue that I will continue to raise. I will also be fighting for a better overall hospice strategy as investments in hospice care are a proven cost-savings for the government. 

I continue to receive calls from constituents about the Government’s recent changes to autism funding. Under the previous Liberal Government 75 per cent of children in the Ontario Autism Program sat on waitlists for funding. The Ford Government intends to clear the waitlist and even out the funding. However, it is clear that a lot of families are uncertain about future services for their children. I want to hear from those families who believe there is a better solution. I will be sure to bring my constituents’ concerns to the Government’s attention.

While there are many other issues not included in this column, I hope this helps inform you of some of my immediate priorities and the work I will be undertaking on your behalf at Queen’s Park.

Jim Wilson, MPP

Simcoe-Grey



         


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