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BWalker-headshot-feature-by Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

The year 2015 kicked off with less optimism than expected as the Liberal government was buffeted by growing labour unrest, OPP investigations and ever-increasing hydro rates.

By late January, care coordinators at ten of the 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) across Ontario had gone on strike, including those in Bruce and Grey counties. It was troubling to see this government allow itself to rack up a behemoth $12.5-billion deficit and then force a squeeze on the health care services and programs. At the close of 2015, health care remains on uneasy terms with the government with the lay-offs of 1,700 nurses, hundreds of hospital bed closures around the province, and the axing of medical residency spaces at a time when 800,000 Ontarians continue to go without access to a family doctor.

As someone who holds public health care near and dear to my heart, I find the ongoing fight between the government and our health care professionals very troubling. Where was the government's wherewithal

LarryMiller-featureBruce-Grey-Owen MP Larry Miller has responded to the Liberal campaign promise to end Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system. Quoting from a petition he is supporting, Miller notes that "the Liberal platform did not propose an alternative method of electing Members of Parliament, but only that the current system should change." The petition calls for a full national referendum on any such change.

Prime Minister Trudeau has asked Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, in her mandate letter, to "bring forward a proposal to establish a special parliamentary committee to consult on electoral reform, including preferential ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting and online voting."

The full text of Mr. Miller's media release is below....


LarryMiller-featureDear Editor,
I find myself agreeing with Les MacPherson of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix when he stated that "Fragile as pretzel sticks are Liberal campaign promises". Since October 19th, this Government has had a steady record of broken promises. Having already broken at least 4 promises in less than 2 months in office, this Government is on pace to pass the McGuinty-Wynne Ontario Government for overall broken promises while in office. From faulty promises on Syrian refugees to a now steady stream of economic miscalculation, this Government owes all Canadians an explanation on why their campaign promises were so fundamentally flawed.
I would like to focus on two recent issues that have come to light about economic promises that the Government made during the campaign. The first promise was a "Middle-class tax cut". I put this in quotation marks because to this date we are still unclear on what the Prime Minister defines as middle-class. We do know that his Parliamentary Secretaries who earn

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