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June 01, 2017

Ontario PC candidate Ross Romano has won the Sault Ste. Marie by-election.     “Tonight we have won a riding that hasn’t been held by the PCs for over thirty years,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. "Voters have made it clear that it’s only the Ontario PC Party that will fight to make life more affordable. The PCs will be a strong voice for Sault Ste. Marie and the North." This is the first time the O...
April 16, 2017

“Easter is the most holy and significanttime for Christians. The Easter season commemorates the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ.  “While we enjoy freedom, we remember the many throughout the world who are persecuted for their beliefs.  Across the Middle East, Christians and other religious minorities continue to be targetted.  Freedom of conscience and religion is a fundamental human right, and people shou...
April 13, 2017

“Happy Vaisakhi! Vaisakhi is important for the Sikh faith, marking the founding of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh.     “Vaisakhi brings with it a number of important traditions, the most significant of which was the introduction of the Sikh articles of faith known as the ‘Five Ks.      “This celebration is also a time to perform Seva—acts of charity in service to the less fortunate....
April 13, 2017

“I extend my warmest wishes to the Tamil community celebrating Tamil New Year. “Tamil New Year, also known as “Varusha Pirappu”, is an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate through feasts and sharing gifts.   “Since 2009 I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the Tamil community in Ontario.  I am grateful for the friendships I have made over the years and for the opportunity to exp...
April 13, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Wynne Liberals announced the date for their upcoming so-called “balanced” budget, which is set to be released on April 27, 2017.  “After 14 years in power, the Liberals have made life unaffordable for Ontario families and businesses. They’ve created a hydro crisis, made housing unaffordable, and slashed health care services,” said Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli after ...
April 12, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown wrote to the Minister of Finance with a list of requests the Ontario PC Caucus would like to see included in the upcoming budget. “The Ontario PCs look forward to working closely with the Liberal government to ensure the upcoming budget is in the best interest of all Ontarians, from every corner and community of our province. We are making five impo...
April 10, 2017

“The celebration of the festival of Passover begins today at sundown, commemorating the Exodus of the Israelites from bondage and slavery in ancient Egypt.   “The Passover story and the rich traditions of the Passover Seder recount the elements of challenge, faith and triumph that continue to inspire the imagination of countless generations of people today.   “Ontario is the proud home of Canada’s largest Jew...
April 10, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Municipal Affairs and Housing Critic Ernie Hardeman announced recommendations on the housing file. The recommendations were detailed in a letter sent to Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa.    “For years, the Ontario PC Party has been ringing alarm bells about the province’s affordability crisis,” said Brown. “After 14 years of ...
April 09, 2017

“I congratulate April on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Niagara Centre.   “April brings a breadth of experience to our Ontario PC team. She is a two-term Mayor and Regional Councillor for the Township of Wainfleet, and a small business owner of 16 years. April knows firsthand the challenges the Liberal government’s policies have had on rural Ontario and her constituents.    “A lifelo...
April 09, 2017

“I am outraged by the deadly attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, who were gathered to celebrate Palm Sunday.   Palm Sunday is a Christian feast which commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. "The explosions today in Alexandria and in Tanta once again underline the precarious situation faced by religious minorities in the region.  "Freedom of religion is a fundamental hu...
April 09, 2017

“100 years ago today, our nation’s brave Canadian Corps set out to capture German-held territory in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  For four arduous days, our forces fought with everything in them until they forced the Germans to retreat on April 12, 1917.   “Out of the more than 15,000 Canadians who answered the call to service at Vimy Ridge, 3,598 courageous soldiers made t...
April 08, 2017

“I congratulate Charity on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Newmarket—Aurora.   “Charity brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic Ontario PC team. As a resident of Newmarket for over 20 years and a small business owner, Charity understands the challenges her community faces.    “Charity is an advocate for more female involvement in politics, serving as Direc...
April 06, 2017

“Today, Ontarians and all Canadians of Scottish descent celebrate Tartan Day. This occasion marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath and Scottish independence in 1320.   “The many contributions that Canadians of Scottish descent have made to our society date back to before Confederation.  Our first prime minister, Sir. John A. Macdonald, was a Scottish immigrant.  Today, more than 2 million Ontarians trace...
April 05, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon, MPP Laurie Scott tabled the Mandatory Sexual Assault Law Training for Judicial Officers Act, 2017 in the Legislature.   This new bill will require sexual assault law training to have been completed by potential provincial judicial appointees, and that the plan for the continuing education of judges require that they complete education in respect of matters related to sexual assault law.   &...
April 04, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Wynne Liberals insulted Ontario’s hard-working doctors’ integrity by calling them cheaters during a debate in the Legislature. During second reading debate of Bill 87, the Protecting Patient’s Act, the Ontario PCs asked why the government should have access to the private medical records of doctors, and Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) heckled “because s...
April 04, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Ontario PCs called on Minister Liz Sandals to appear before committee to justify giving massive raises to corporate executives with tax dollars.    “It seems that life is harder for everyone in Ontario except the Wynne Liberal friends who line the boardrooms at crown corporations,” said Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown. “While everyday Ontarians are struggling to get ahead, the Wy...
April 03, 2017

“The Ontario PCs have been consistent that the Wynne Liberals’ cap-and-trade scheme is bad for Ontario. It is nothing but a $2 billion a year tax grab that makes Ontario less competitive.  “The Wynne Liberals want us to believe they are protecting the environment, but it’s a smokescreen. Their plan sends millions of dollars to one of the richest jurisdictions on earth for emission reductions there, which means f...
April 02, 2017

“I congratulate Susan Truppe on her nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for London North Centre.   “Susan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our impressive slate of candidates. As a former Member of Parliament, Susan served as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, while sitting on the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. As one of my colleagues in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to see fir...
April 02, 2017

“I congratulate Stephen on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for King—Vaughan.   “Stephen brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic Ontario PC team. A former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Stephen also has deep roots in his community and has been recognized for his outstanding volunteerism.       "Stephen has been an advocate for free and fai...
April 02, 2017

“I congratulate Aris on his nomination as the Ontario PC candidate for Scarborough—Agincourt. “Aris brings a wealth of experience to our modern, inclusive and pragmatic Ontario PC team. A former citizenship judge, Aris has been very involved in immigration, citizenship and human rights issues for decades.     "Aris’s passion for his community is reflected in his past service with the Armenian National...
April 02, 2017

“Millions of Catholics in Ontario remember the ministry, life, and legacy of His Holiness, Pope Saint John Paul II.   “Pope John Paul II stood as an exemplar of the values we hold dear in Canada. Whether it was in standing up for the least of those among us, or in facing down communism at its height, Pope John Paul II was an unparalleled voice of moral clarity for the Roman Catholic Church and for many around the world.  ...
April 01, 2017

“Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario is a time to recognize the many historic contributions of Canadians of Sikh heritage.    “Our 200,000-strong Sikh community reflects the values that we cherish in Ontario—tolerance, equality and diversity.     “For over 100 years, Ontario’s Sikh community, which values family, faith and service to others, has had an impact on the building of our great provi...
April 01, 2017

“April 1st marks the beginning of Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month in Ontario and across Canada.   “During this time, we reflect on the immense suffering and loss of life experienced by the victims of genocide throughout the world.    Throughout the lowest points of history, we have continued to draw on our values—human rights, freedom, democracy and the rule of law—to condemn...
March 31, 2017

“Today the Wynne Liberals will release the Sunshine List, after trying to hold off on yet another bad news story for as long as possible.    “The release of the Sunshine List comes at a time when executive salaries are hitting astronomical new highs. The CEO of Hydro One earned a total of $4.5 million, and in total, the top five executives at Hydro One made a whopping $11 million.    “Unfortunately this y...
March 30, 2017

QUEEN’S PARK – In advance of tomorrow’s release of the Sunshine List, Ontario PC Energy Critic Todd Smith announced that he was tabling a Private Member’s Bill that would reverse Premier Kathleen Wynne’s secrecy and put Hydro One salaries back under the public’s watchful eye.    “The Wynne Liberals don’t want the people of Ontario to know that their rates have helped create a new Million...

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