Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Pre-budget consultations in Windsor show government must do better on the basics for Windsor families

Published on January 24, 2018

January 19, 2018  WINDSOR — In Windsor on Friday for pre-budget consultations, area MPPs Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West), Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh) and Taras Natyshak (Essex) said that the Ontario government has let people down, with Windsor families struggling to access resources they need.  Nearly 20 area presenters came to speak to the Ontario Finance Committee and area MPP's on local issues that need immediate attention.

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“Windsor and Essex County is a great place to live and raise a family— but this government has brought us one disappointment after another and made it harder for families,” said Gretzky. “People in my riding are still struggling for resources that can help with addictions or mental health issues. Children and youth in my community are waiting over a year for mental health treatment and front line workers are run off their feet as they cope with a fragmented, under resourced support system. And Education workers face escalating violence in our schools, with parents worrying about the safety of their children.”

“We can see that social housing has not been deemed a sufficient priority by this government by the high number of families left waiting on lengthy lists for housing,” said Hatfield. “To add to that, too many people have to choose between paying rent or hydro rather than affording their doctor prescribed medication.  We need a pharmacare program to ensure people are receiving proper health care, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The MPPs say this government has had years to fix these issues, but has ignored their concerns, leaving people to ask why they should trust in the 2018 budget.

“These issues didn’t occur overnight—they’ve been years in the making and have only worsened with every provincial budget cut and funding freeze,” said Natyshak. “Windsor-Essex families want a Premier that shares their priorities and someone that they can count on to deliver.”