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(VIDEO) Wilson continues to pressure government over hospital redevelopment approvals

(February 24, 2020) Today in the Ontario Legislature, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson encouraged all Members of the House to support his Private Members' Resolution to be debated this Thursday, February 27 in support of the two hospitals in his riding.


You can read the full text of Wilson’s statement below:


“I rise today to encourage all Members of this House to support my private members resolution this Thursday, February 27.  The resolution asks the government to immediately approve the redevelopments and construction of both the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston.


I’ve raised this matter several times over many years. To remind Members of the real need for these projects, I recently sent a letter to all MPPs that included a list of the serious deficiencies at each hospital.  The problems stem from the fact that these are old buildings, their systems are outdated and they are simply out of space. These are hospitals that have had virtually nothing done to them since they were built 50 and 60 years ago.


I would also like to point out that during my 30 years as an MPP, all of the hospitals surrounding my riding have either been extensively redeveloped or had new builds. Owen Sound received a new hospital; Barrie has had two new hospitals built and has just submitted plans for a third hospital; a new hospital has been built in Orangeville; Midland Hospital has had extensive upgrades; Newmarket has had several hundred millions of dollars of upgrades over the past 30 years.


Mr. Speaker, I am thankful to the Minister of Health for including both Alliston and Collingwood hospitals in last year’s Ontario Budget and P3 Market Update. To date, Stevenson Memorial has received Stage 1 approval and was given the green light to move to Stage 2. The Collingwood Hospital is still waiting to hear from the government on their Stage 1 submission.


The hospitals need to get moving to the next stages of redevelopment and I encourage all Members of this House to support my resolution when it is debated in the House later this week.




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