Ontario is at a tipping point. It’s getting more and more difficult to build a good life and get ahead here. Costs are up, wages are flat, and the services we count on, like health care and education, are being squeezed or cut. This is especially the case in the […]

Last Thursday, the Liberal government brought forward its 2014-15 budget. By now I’m sure you’ve heard that I have lost confidence in this Liberal government given the many scandals, wasted money, and their inability to follow through on many promises. Since being elected, I have heard from people who are […]

As you read this, we all will be very close to hearing what’s in store for Ontarians in terms of the provincial budget. This year’s budget will be tabled at the same time that Hydro One rates are set to climb again, and on the heels of recently-inflated prices for […]

This past week, the Ontario Liberal government announced it intends to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour. The raise, if passed, would see an increase in the minimum wage by 75 cents and would be the first the province has seen since 2010. It also would ensure future […]

I can hardly believe how quickly 2013 has come full circle and we are once again bustling around to finish our shopping in preparation for Christmas festivities. Like most people, I feel particularly grateful for the love and support of my family and friends at this time of year, and […]

Since Nov. 19, when I asked the minister of transportation to address the issue of road maintenance and safety in Northwestern Ontario, my offices have received hundreds of letters from constituents expressing their concerns. Your message is very clear, and I ask that you continue to send letters so I […]

On Nov. 19, I introduced Bill 132, an amendment to the Energy Consumer Protection Act, which would ban private, fixed-rate electricity contracts for residential customers. This bill, which now has passed second reading, was the culmination of years of work, both as a constituency assistant and as your MPP. We […]

Over the past few years, the problem of nuisance bears overrunning the communities of Northwestern Ontario has escalated beyond what even we are—or should be—comfortable with. Recent cuts to the province’s “Bear Wise” program, which removed the ability of MNR officials to trap and relocate nuisance bears, has left people […]

Many of us have never been to battle, never seen a comrade fall, never had to make a series of life-or-death decisions–all in the blink of an eye. In fact, to the majority of the population, the concept of fighting for our freedom, or the freedom of others, is as […]

On Sept. 18, the premier announced the creation of a Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel. According to the Ontario government’s news release, the purpose of the panel is to recommend “ways to fund public transit across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)” by meeting “with stakeholders and residents in […]

Do you know a student in Grade 7 or 8 who would like to learn more about the way our province is governed? The Legislative Page program may be the opportunity they are looking for. If you have ever watched the legislature on television, you likely have noticed student pages […]