A year ago, you re-elected me as part of the Ford PC Government for the People.
Your trust is something I hold very near and dear to my heart. Over that year, our team has worked hard to create a jobs-first environment where our job creators can thrive, grow and create good jobs for everyone in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and Ontario.
This past Friday marks that one-year anniversary.
Since day one, we have been hard at work cutting red tape, lowering taxes and fixing the Liberal’s hydro mess.
And I am proud today, to say, as your MPP our Open for Business and Open for Jobs policies led to real job growth.
That’s why, it is easier today to create good, safe jobs in Ontario than it was a year ago
We saw this, too, on Friday when Statistics Canada released its jobs numbers showing Ontario leading the way in job creation. Unemployment in Ontario is at 5.2 percent. The lowest since 1989. The lowest in 30 years!
As your MPP reducing that red tape and regulatory burden has created over 190,000 jobs province-wide. The majority of which are good-paying, private sector jobs.
That’s close to 4, 000 new jobs per week are being created or more than 500 people are finding a new job each and every day across Ontario.
Here at home, our region has realized job growth of over 3.5 percent. More of our neighbours, family and friends are being hired. Young people are able to build a stable future in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
A stable economic environment encourages job growth and allows the Province to invest in and protect what matters most to us, quality healthcare and education. With a strong and stable economy, we are able to afford to increase direct frontline spending into healthcare and education while continuing to lower the deficit and clean up the mess of 15 years of waste by the former Kathleen Wynne Liberal government.
There is always more to do.
And I will continue to fight for each and everyone of you in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock each and every day here at home and at Queen’s Park.
You elected me to do this.