Service clubs voice concerns at Queen’s Park hearing
MPP Jim Wilson (from left) with Stayner Lions Club members Sandra and John Squire.
(October 31, 2016) More than a dozen representatives from service clubs across Ontario appeared before the Standing Committee on Social Policy Monday afternoon to discuss government bureaucracy that impedes the work of their organizations.
The all-party committee hearing was the result of a Private Member's Resolution introduced by Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson in February 2015. That resolution, which received the unanimous support of MPPs at Queen's Park, called on the government to strike a committee to investigate the legislative and regulatory barriers and burdens facing service clubs in Ontario.
Appearing before the committee Monday were representatives from Rotary International, Kiwanis International, Lions Club International, as well as local Kinsmen and Lions Clubs.
"I'm extremely grateful for the interest that service club members have shown in this hearing," Wilson said. "Prior to the introduction of my Private Member's Resolution that resulted in the hearing today, I heard about many issues and challenges impacting these valuable organizations. Restrictive regulations, excessive taxes and fees, and difficulties attracting volunteers are just some of the concerns that were brought to my attention."
Now that the committee has met, the research officer will provide a summary of oral presentations and written submissions.
Wilson promised to continue lobbying the government to implement changes that benefit service clubs.
"Service clubs touch us all. They raise money for our hospitals. They support local sports teams. They build playground equipment. It's imperative that we do everything we can to make it easier for clubs to meet their mandates," Wilson said. "Our communities are always better off when our service clubs are successful."
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Office of Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey