January Update from Queen's Park

Hi Willowdale - Stan here.

They say time flies when you’re busy and here we are – nearly halfway through winter. I cannot believe how fast the last few months have passed. It’s also hard to believe just how much our new government has accomplished already – with our continued goal of making life easier and putting more money in your pocket.

I want to take a moment to highlight just a few of the accomplishments our government has made for the people and with the people.

We’ve started cleaning up the financial mess left behind by the previous Liberal government – starting with a line-by-line audit of Ontario’s finances. I’m not going to lie, they were in rough shape. But, since our investigation has begun, we have discovered nearly $4 Billion in savings through efficiencies and are working to get that money back to Ontario families as soon as possible.

We’re planning to do this in a variety of ways.

For Willowdale, this means real improvements to the way we get around our neighbourhood. Our government is stepping in to help our city extend our subway lines and services, starting with building the downtown relief line we so desperately need. And I haven’t forgotten about that pesky Yonge-401 interchange – it remains at the top of my list!

When we first started working at the end of the summer, Willowdale small businesses were being strangled by pointless amounts of red tape. In addition to the elimination of this constant headache, our government has gone further and reversed the unfair changes to our province’s Employment Act – to help small Willowdale businesses survive and create good paying jobs, especially for young people.

Other Accomplishments

  • Cancelling the Drive Clean Program
  • Starting Consultations to bring Beer and Wine to Convenience Stores
  • Reducing Gas Prices in Ontario by more than 5 cents per liter
  • Created 6,000 new long-term care beds with 15,000 more over five years
  • Launched the largest low-income tax break in Ontario history
  • Ended the longest University strike in Canadian history at York University
  • Created a new environmental plan that will achieve federal emissions reductions targets without an unfair tax on families
  • Reduced University and College tuition by 10% for all Ontario students
  • Began consultation on the Housing Supply Action Plan to create more affordable housing
  • Introduced measure to make it easier for Charities to fundraise online
  • Prevented rolling blackouts over the holidays by halting a power workers strike

But investment in our neighbourhood isn’t just about business. That’s why our government has launched programs which help the most-vulnerable residents in our community – like LIFT, the biggest low-income tax relief program in Ontario history. As part of our search for efficiencies, we also have begun reforming Ontario’s antiquated social assistance programs to make them more sustainable and more impactful for those who use them. More money for those people who need it most.

2019 is going to be even bigger – we’re moving forward at full-steam!

As I write this, our pre-budget consultations are already well underway. And I am happy to see many of you stepping forward to voice your concerns about how our province’s finances have been handled in the past. Only through working together can we start to build a better neighbourhood which works for the people who live in it.

This means more affordable housing, more better paying jobs and less red tape clogging up our roads, our businesses and the way we conduct our day-to-day lives. Transformative change is coming to Ontario, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

I look forward to working with you in 2019 Willowdale! As always, I’d love to hear from you or answer any questions you have. You can reach me at 416-733-7878 or stan.cho@pc.ola.org. And be sure to check out www.stanchompp.ca for more news, events, and ways you can get help from our office.

Talk to you soon,

Stan Cho
Member of Provincial Parliament for Willowdale