A Very Active Session at Queen’s Park

Published on June 14, 2019

The June MPP column in Our Community Voice -- Comments on the changes to Ontario’s health care system

Our Community Voice, June 13, 2019 -- On June 6th MPPs recessed from the legislature at Queen’s Park to return to their constituencies. I am looking forward to the next few months being at home and working from my Kanata-Carleton Community Office!

It has been a very active year. The Ontario Government has set the Province on a new financial trajectory and has created a business climate that is making a difference supporting our industries and small businesses. We have also made important changes to our health care and social services that will have a positive impact in our community. Here are a few examples involving changes made to public health.  

This Spring the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introduced measures for a sustainable public health care system centered around the patient. Changes will be made to local public health units to ensure public health programs will continue to be there when needed. We are acting with two fundamentals in mind: preserve the core services of the public health units, and spend less administration and more on the frontline services.

In 2017, Ontario’s independent auditor general reported that public health units are poorly coordinated and duplicating work while not delivering consistent service. The AG also reported that many public health units have been duplicating research on the same issues such as sugar-sweetened beverages, vaping and alcohol abuse.

So, the Government is making changes to ensure public health units are sustainably funded and able to clear priorities and streamline service delivery. Ontario’s patient-centered plan is supported by additional investments in increased hospital operational funding. We will also be building more long-term care beds and providing more home care funding and community care funding, both of which will let Ontario’s seniors live at home longer.

There is much more to report out on our new health care initiatives than I can cover in this column. I am confident that the Province’s health care system is getting back on track with a sustainable model of public health programs and services. 

This summer I look forward to being in the community and speaking with residents about their concerns. If you would like to meet with me, call my staff at the Community Office at 613-599-3000 to arrange an appointment. If you need assistance or have any questions about provincial programs and services, please call the office or connect with me at [email protected]

On Canada Day I will be at events throughout the community: Huntley Community Association’s Senior’s Breakfast, the Diefenbunker, Kanata Legion BBQ, West Carleton Legion, Corkery celebrations, and Light Up Dunrobin. I look forward to seeing you at one of our Canada Day parties!