Statement on Local IssuesMay 10, 2016
Mr. Ernie Hardeman: I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey in my recent newsletter. I genuinely enjoyed reading each response and sharing the concerns of my constituents with the Legislature.
The biggest concerns for my constituents are the economy and jobs, government spending, seniors’ issues and taxes.
People continue to tell me that the cost of living is rising in Wynne’s Ontario. Some 94% of the people who responded said that their family has been impacted by the increasing cost of hydro, and 67% of the respondents said that impact has been significant. In fact, one constituent enclosed their hydro bill: $700 for a single month.
They told me they can’t afford the mandatory pension plan; 78% of the people oppose it. And while costs are going up, services aren’t improving. Some 87% said that health care hasn’t improved over the last 10 years.
They told me about loved ones who are waiting for cataract surgeries, knee surgeries, hip replacements and occupational therapy. Many of them said they are still having trouble finding a family doctor. People see huge government spending, but not enough of that money is going to the services that they need.
Again, I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey and share their concerns. I will continue to share their stories to show the real impact of this government’s policies and I will continue to push for the things that matter to the people of Oxford: keeping the cost of living affordable, creating jobs, and health care that we can depend on.