VIDEO: Wilson Asks Follow up Question on Service Club Resolution
(April 1st, 2014) Today, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson asked the Minister of Finance when the government will follow through with their support for his private members resolution and strike a committee to investigate the legislative and regulatory barriers and burdens facing service clubs in Ontario.
"Minister, last April I wrote to you after meeting with service clubs in my riding concerning a number of issues that are hindering their everyday operations. On February 19, my resolution on service clubs was debated and passed unanimously with all-party support in this House ... So I ask you: When are you going to strike the committee?" questioned Wilson.
Wilson believes service clubs are a win-win for the province.
"Service clubs are the backbone of our communities right across the province. With their dedication to serving so many deserving causes, their sense of community and ability to bring people together, service clubs make Ontario a better place to live and to do business, while alleviating a significant financial burden off your shoulders, minister, and off the province's shoulders in terms of the good work that they do," continued Wilson.
The Minister of Finance commended Wilson for his work on the issue and encouraged the House Leaders to allow the committee to take place. Wilson remains cautiously optimistic that the governing Liberals will move the standing committee forward.
Wilson began working on this issue last April. Since then he has distributed a questionnaire to close to 900 service clubs across the province. The clubs identified a number of issues and challenges impacting their everyday operations, including restrictive regulations, excessive taxes and fees and difficulties attracting volunteers.
Wilson thanks his local service clubs for being the inspiration behind his resolution. He is looking forward to speaking at the Thornton Lions Club dinner meeting in the coming weeks.