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Health Care and Economic Recovery the focus of Throne Speech


(October 4, 2021) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson was privileged to be among those who attended the Speech from the Throne launching a new session of the Ontario legislature today.   

The Ontario government is focussed on healthcare as the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world over the last 18 months.  The Speech from the Throne, delivered by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, outlined priorities for the coming legislative session that include long-overdue investment in hospitals and increased funding for the long-term care sector.


“We owe Ontario’s seniors so much,” read Ms. Dowdeswell.  “We owe them the opportunity to age and live with dignity. Long-term care home residents are being neglected no more,” she added.


“The Ford government has set the right tone, putting health care at the centre of its agenda” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson. “I welcome their pledge to build more new long-term care beds and upgrade existing beds to 21st-century design standards.  Wasaga Beach is a prime example of a community with a growing senior population and no long-term care facilities.  Next to social service calls, my office spends more time dealing with long-term care concerns than any other issue,” he added. 


 “The pandemic has exposed the failure of successive governments, both provincial and federal, to provide adequate funding for our hospitals,” said Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell.  “That is why your government has made unprecedented investments to add thousands of new hospital beds and ensure that qualified nurses and doctors are by a patient’s side when they need care.”


“I will be looking to the government to get moving on construction of the new hospitals in Collingwood and Alliston that my constituents and I have been fighting for over the last many years,” said Wilson.  “The people of Simcoe-Grey expect and deserve the same level of health care as all other Ontarians.”


Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario’s goal as the province emerges from the pandemic and the recovery enters a new phase.  “If additional public health measures are needed, they will be localized and targeted,” Dowdeswell said.


The Throne Speech also recognized the unprecedented levels of spending brought on by COVID.  The government says Ontario’s economic and fiscal recovery will be “fueled by economic growth, not painful tax hikes or spending cuts.” 


“People are still hurting from the experience of the last 18 months,” noted MPP Wilson.  “Take-home pay for many workers has not kept up with rising costs.  The promise of new infrastructure like roads, highways and bridges will put people to work directly in the construction industry, and throughout the supply chain, from materials producers and support services to food and accommodation providers.”


Mr. Wilson will continue to put his constituents first as the new legislative session unfolds.




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