While this city and region have some very committed health care professionals who have been working under some very difficult circumstances, the our government needs to continue to play a meaningful role in tackling issues related to crime prevention and safety such as addiction, substance abuse, poverty, homelessness, and ready access to emergency rooms and personnel when needed.
You have also told me that other issues dear to you as a senior are:
I believe that given the opportunity most people would like to have their children and grandchildren near them, and not have to travel to different parts of the country to visit them. While out-migration is getting much better, unfortunately there are still too many young people who feel that they have to leave for work or to pursue their careers.
I have worked diligently with many organizations in our city to retain our youth by creating more opportunities for jobs and it was great to see that a recent report by the Northern Policy Institute, shows a participation rate for youth in Northwestern Ontario at 72% which is higher than the provincial average. In other words, if our youth or grandchildren are looking for a job, they now have a better chance of getting one here in the region.
As a senior on fixed income, financial responsibility and accountability in government are very important to ensure that you get value for your tax dollars.
During my term on City Council in 2014-2018, I have worked diligently to bring down taxes from the projected 6-7% high tax increases to a more reasonable and stable 2.4% (just covering the cost of living). I have done so through a respectful challenge of past administrative practices, continuous improvement of operations, cost controls, and promoting economic expansion through economic initiatives like the ones identified above.
As your Member of Parliament, I would continue to fight for low taxes while maintaining services and investment in infrastructure, and offer you the tax payer, real value for your tax dollars.