Now he has to deliver
Progressive Conservative incumbent Jim Mcdonell was re-elected for a third time as MPP for Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry last Thursday.
This is the first time that he will serve on the government’s side of the isle since he was first elected to the legislature in 2011 and now that he is shaping policy, he must live up to the promises he and his party have made to the people of Ontario.
I spoke with Jim on election night and I asked him, what will his riding look like after four years of PC rule. What he told me was this: that Cornwall and the surrounding area had lost a lot of business and industry over the years and we need to bring that back. He also said that the region never really recovered from 2006 and the loss of the Domtar plant.
So, we have our first promise, bring back business and industry to Cornwall and SD&G. During this transition period, Mcdonell’s office should reach out to the builders and developers in our local economy to find out what they plan for the future and what they need to bring more business and industry to the region.
If Mcdonell is focused on business and job creation, he should be speaking with local Economic Development Officers like Bob Peters, Shawna Baggs, Tara Kirkpatrick and the rest. He should also reach out organizations like the Cornwall Innovation Centre, which are dedicated to bringing tomorrow’s jobs to our area.
This is something that Mcdonell can do independently to help co- ordinate and spur economic growth in Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry. Other promises that he’s made will depend on the priorities of his party.
Many of the promises from Mcdonell and his party will live and die by their first budget. For instance, Mcdonell said that his party intends to shift some of the burden off of municipalities.
During Cornwall’s most recent budget battle, one reason cited for the increasing burden on residential taxpayers was because of less funding from senior levels of government. According to Mcdonell, his party will increase the funding that the province gives to munici- palities by $70 million.
When the first PC budget is tabled, presumably this fall, we will be able to see where this new government’s priorities are and if municipalities are really one of them.
Mcdonell’s success in this third term as MPP will be measured by how many promises he is able to deliver on, everything else will be icing on the cake.
What do you think readers? What political promises do you want to see become reality? Email me a Letter to the Editor at email@example.com.