Our Kanata Carleton community looks forward to a New Year

Published on January 25, 2019

The January MPP column in Our Community Voice 

Our Community Voice, January 24, 2019 -- This year begins on a tragic note. On Friday, January 11, while returning home, three lives were lost and many people suffered injury when an OC Transpo Bus hit a bus station. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of Judy Booth. Anja Van Beek and Bruce Thomlinson, and to all who have been impacted by this shocking accident.  

What we have again experienced in the aftermath of this tragedy, as we experienced in the weeks and months following the tornados that touched down in West Carleton, is the strength and resiliency of our community as we support those who need help and move forward with a renewed sense of what is important in our lives.  

It has become my practice to host a New Year’s Levee to cheer in the new calendar year. I want to thank the more than 200 people who joined me January 5 at the Kanata Legion Branch 638 to celebrate our community and its promise. I appreciated your expressions of support for what the government is doing and the speed at which it is being done.

For residents of Kanata and West Carleton, my staff and I are working hard to communicate with you and provide news and information about provincial programs and services. If you have concerns please contact the office and be in touch. I want to hear from you.

In the past few months, I have held two roundtables to hear directly from individuals on specific concerns. One roundtable was with local business owners to discuss how government may foster a more helpful business climate in the Province. The other roundtable was with high tech businesses and it focused on government programs and services to assist new research and innovation in the high tech sector.   

There are numerous government surveys to obtain information directly from Ontario residents about how to best meet the needs of individuals and families. The Ministry of Education received over 72,000 responses to the recent consultation on the state of Ontario’s education system. I encourage all residents to make their views known in these consultations. Currently, there are two surveys seeking your input on auto insurance rates and on the government’s spending priorities as part of the Ministry of Finance’s pre-budget consultations.

I am looking forward to a wonderful New Year and am very optimistic about what is down the road. I also look forward to the challenges, because behind every challenge there’s opportunity. Happy New Year as we look forward to 2019.