ST THOMAS – Agricultural Minister and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough Ted McMeekin became the first Liberal member to publically acknowledge his and his government’s failings on key issues like horse racing and the Green Energy Act.  The comments were made to reporters outside a Hamilton City Council meeting last week. 

According to PC MPP Jeff Yurek, this ‘confession’ offers little solace to Ontarians who’ve had their livelihood threatened by the actions of the Liberal government. 

“We said from the beginning the Liberals would kill thousands of jobs with their stance on horse racing.  Back when the Green Energy Act was brought into law, our party warned that it would cost taxpayers billions of dollars in elevated hydro rates.  Despite our reasoned opposition, they committed to these and a multitude of other failed policies,” said MPP Yurek.

“It’s refreshing that a Liberal member is finally admitting to his government’s failures but the Ontario people need more than that from their government.  We need a government that listens and takes a thoughtful approach to policy and governing.”

When pressed on whether he’d be running in the next election, McMeekin said he would provided his party made some changes.  One of those changes was to not use issues as ‘wedges.’ 

“I appreciate the candour but I think it’s disturbing how matter-of-factly a Liberal Minister can talk about using issues like horse-racing simply as a political wedge,” stated Yurek. “I think it reveals the degree to which the Liberals for the last nine years have acted in the interests of their party rather than the people of Ontario.  Using issues to wedge the opposition is simply business-as-usual in that party.”

Yurek went on to say that the PC Party has been advocating for a new approach to government.  The series of discussion papers released over the past year represent a policy process defined by consultation and continuous feedback.

“We’re taking a different approach.  We’ve released a number of policies for which we’re actively soliciting feedback.  They’re bold policies crafted in the long-term best interest of the Ontario people,” concluded Yurek.

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