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Liberals Spend On

QUEEN’S PARK –Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture and Food, said that today’s Fall Economic Statement shows the Liberal government still doesn’t have a real plan to balance the budget and get Ontario’s finances back on track. “In today’s speech, the Minister of Finance reported that revenues are lower than expected, detailed […]

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PC Strengthened Local Food Act Passes 3rd Reading

QUEEN’S PARK – Today Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford and PC Critic for Agriculture and Food, said that work by the PC Caucus, local food groups and agriculture organizations has improved the government’s weak Local Food Act. “When the government first introduced this bill just over a year ago I was very disappointed, as were many […]

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Hawkins-Gignac Act Passes 2nd Reading

QUEEN’S PARK – Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman’s Private Members’ Bill, the Hawkins-Gignac Act, which would see carbon monoxide detectors made mandatory in Ontario homes, passed second reading today. “I am truly excited by the result today,” said Hardeman. “The fight is not over yet, but we’re one step closer to protecting Ontario families against the […]

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Hydro Rates Rise Again

QUEEN’S PARK – Hydro rates in the province are going up again on November 1 and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman is concerned about the effect the hike will have on Oxford families and businesses. “Hydro bills are increasing another three percent,” said Hardeman. “I’ve already heard from concerned homeowners who keep the heat down just […]

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PC Amendment to create tax credit for farmers donating to Food Banks Passes

QUEEN’S PARK – Today the PC amendment to the Local Food Act that would create a tax credit for farmers who donate agricultural products to Ontario food banks and community food programs was passed at committee. The amendment was put forward by Bob Bailey, Sarnia-Lambton MPP, who had first introduced the proposal as a private […]

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Gas plant Relocation 16 Times higher than Liberal Government Estimate

QUEEN’S PARK – Today Ontario’s Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk revealed that the cancellation of the Oakville gas plant will cost Ontario’s taxpayers $675 million – over 16 times the $40 million previously estimated by the government. That figure could increase by up to another $140 million for gas deliveries for the new site “Today the […]

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OPEN LETTER

Hon. Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Bldg, Rm 281 Dear Premier Wynne, Earlier today at the Premier’s Summit on Agri-food you challenged our Agri-food sector to double their output. While this is a laudable goal I am disappointed that you have not laid out a plan to make it happen. I understand there were […]

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Ontario Agriculture Week

For the past fifteen years the week before Thanksgiving has been Ontario Agriculture week. This is a time to recognize the food farmers grow, but it is also much more. It is also an opportunity to recognize how our farmers care for the land and to acknowledge their contributions to our rural communities and our […]

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Wynne Gives Rural Money to Toronto Businesses

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs questioned Premier Wynne on why she gave Rural Economic Development Program funding to businesses in Toronto, Markham and Woodbridge. “One of the few programs that is available to rural Ontario is the Rural Economic Development Program. It is […]

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OPEN LETTER

Dear Minister Wynne, Where are you? In contrast to last summer when we suffered through the drought, this year’s rain has caused flooding and crop damage in many parts of Ontario. Over the past few weeks I’ve met with farmers near Ottawa and in the Holland Marsh that saw their crops destroyed. On Monday I […]

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