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UP Express Luxury Excess = Unaffordable Fares = Low Ridership

QUEEN’S PARK – “Three months after this Premier launched the UP Express luxury ride to Pearson, ridership is going anywhere but ‘up’.”

That from PC Transportation Critic Michael Harris who asked the Premier in the Legislature to respond to growing concerns over shrinking ridership on the UP Express.

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BEES TO BE COVERED BY AGRICULTURE INSURANCE

QUEEN’S PARK – Toby Barrett, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP and Opposition Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, welcomed today’s announcement that the government would cover bees under agriculture insurance. The concept was put forward by the Official Opposition as an amendment to the The Agriculture Insurance Act.

Minister Jeff Leal made the announcement today, outlining the new Bee Mortality Insurance Plan.

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Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown: We Can Do Better for Ontario Farmers

FINCH, ONTARIO – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown spoke to attendees of the 2015 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, outlining his plans to work with rural communities throughout Ontario and the importance of supporting Ontario’s farmers.

“The Ontario PC Caucus understands and supports our farmers,” said Brown. “We see Ontario’s farmers facing a high volume of red tape in running their farms, and we recognize that the high cost of hydro has forced farmers out of business.  That is unacceptable.  We can do better for our farmers, and for all Ontarians.”

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Statement from the PC Hydro One Critic, MPP Todd Smith on the Fire Sale of Hydro One

"The Liberal Government's alarming compensation packages to Hydro One executives totaling 24 million dollars, in conjunction with the fire sale of this crown asset, is a slap in the face to average Ontario families who can't afford to pay their hydro bills or make ends meet.

The OEB sets electricity rates based on the costs of running Hydro One, which will now surely increase because of these exorbitant salaries, severances, and gold-plated pensions.

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ROTATING STRIKES CAUSES CONCERN FOR ONTARIO'S PUBLIC ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Queen’s Park – Leader of the Official Opposition and Ontario PC Education Critic Patrick Brown is concerned for public elementary students and their parents after learning that the schools may soon be faced with rotating strikes.

“The Wynne Liberal government has no excuse. They ran on a platform of labour peace and yet their policies and two-tier bargaining system has created chaos for children and parents. Parents remain anxious with serious concerns that their children may not be in the classroom,” said Brown.

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