Region puts the squeeze on the provincial election candidates - wants to know what they can deliver.

News 100 redBy Staff

May 10th, 2018



You think you need to know what your local Member of the provincial legislature is going to do for you ? The Region of Halton also wants to know that they are going to do for the Region.

A questionnaire was sent out to all candidates seeking election as Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in its local ridings asking for comments on 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.

Gary Carr

Regional Chair Gary Carr – presses the provincial candidates on what they will deliver if elected.

Regional Chair Garry Carr, who will also be running for election – his turn comes in October – said “Halton consistently advocates for long-term, predictable funding and legislative changes that help us protect existing taxpayers from the cost of provincially mandated growth. 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 as they are received.

The Regional Municipality of Halton currently 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.

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

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