Balancing Budget

This week the PC party called for more reforms to Ontario’s arbitration system and announced their plan to reintroduce “The Capacity to Pay Act.” PC leader, Tim Hudak, blamed the public sector negotiation process for Ontario’s current economic challenges and pointed to recommendations from the Drummond report as guidelines for change. 

Access to Home Care

In January 2012, Health Minister, Deb Matthews, released “Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care.” The Liberal plan intends to reform Ontario’s medical system using recommendations from the Drummond report. The NDP wants to see that include a five-day home care guarantee.

Gas Plant Cancellation

Earlier this week, the Speaker of the House dismissed a PC contempt motion against the Liberal government. The ruling found that Liberals did not intentionally mislead the legislature last fall when they insisted all documents related to the gas plant had been released. The documents are now before a committee investigating the cancellation of gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville.

Ombudsman Oversight of ORNGE 

The NDP are calling for increased accountability to ORNGE, the air ambulance service, by giving oversight powers to Ontario's Ombudsman.

Auto Insurance Rates

NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, has warned the Wynne government that without a 15% cut in auto insurance her party would vote against the budget, triggering a Spring election.

Property Reassessment 

Following a property reassessment, the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC) has ruled the town of Espanola must pay paper mill, Domtar, more than $4 million.