RURAL ONTARIO MATTERS

Published on July 07, 2015

LUCKNOW, ON – Yesterday, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown made his first visit as PC Leader to MPP Lisa Thompson’s riding of Huron-Bruce.

Brown began the day with a tour of the Bruce Power nuclear plant. Ontario PC MPPs Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce), Bill Walker (Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound), Bob Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton), Randy Pettapiece (Perth-Wellington), John Yakabuski (Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke), and Todd Smith (Prince Edward – Hastings) also observed the operation of the facility and discussed the importance of nuclear power to Ontario’s energy sector.

“Nuclear power is clean, reliable power and is the backbone of our energy system. Nuclear rates are half the cost of wind and solar rates and will play an important part in our plan to reduce energy rates for Ontario’s families and businesses,” said Brown.

Brown’s tour of the riding continued as MPP Thompson revealed the crumbling conditions of the Kincardine Hospital, a direct result of the Liberal government’s decision to renege on its monetary commitment for the hospital’s Phase One expansion project in 2012.

“I am committed to increasing awareness of how broken Liberal promises and neglect are jeopardizing the health care in the Kincardine area,” stated Thompson. “I am pleased that our new PC leader Patrick Brown has been able to join me on-site, to see first-hand yet another example of how the Wynne government just isn't in it for rural Ontario.”

“It’s a shame that this Liberal government continues to ignore the needs of the Kincardine community and fails to put patients first,” expressed Brown. “Ontarians deserve a government that invests in front line health care workers and hospital infrastructure.  Instead, the Liberals cut health care spending by $54-million in the 2015 budget, and have a history of wasting taxpayer dollars on gas plants, highly paid consultants, and failed technology such as eHealth.”

Following the tour of the hospital, Brown and PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski joined Thompson in a roundtable discussion with multiple municipal representatives and citizens concerned about the industrial wind turbine projects being constructed in Huron-Bruce.   

“Ontario’s wind turbines are another example of the Liberal government’s failed green energy scheme,” said Thompson.  “Municipalities are being forced to host wind turbine projects that produce over-priced wind power that Ontario doesn’t need, and can’t afford.  The Green Energy Act has been an unmitigated disaster.”  

“The Ontario PC Caucus and I are committed to championing the rights of rural Ontario and ensuring all corners of the province have a voice at Queen’s Park,” added Brown.