DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES NOT A PRIORITY FOR LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

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QUEEN’S PARK – Four months after receiving all-party support, PC MPP Christine Elliott’s motion to establish a Select Committee to develop a comprehensive developmental services strategy for Ontario languishes in Liberal inaction.

In May, Ms. Elliott’s motion was carried and held up as an example of an issue on which all parties could come together. However, despite Liberal assurances that the issue would be addressed prior to the summer Legislative break, nothing has been done.

“This is an important issue that affects my riding greatly,” said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, “I have constituents who are trying to get their children into appropriate housing and seem to be stuck on endless waitlists. It’s important for the government to express some urgency on this matter.”

While acknowledging the dire situation of his own riding, Yurek also noted that the issue is province-wide with 12,000 individuals waiting for housing and care.

Tim Hudak and Christine Elliott held a press conference this morning calling on the government to strike the committee. This sentiment was echoed during Question Period with Minister of Community and Social Services Ted McMeekin responding to a question by saying he agrees with the PC Party. However, he would not commit to any specifics of when such a committee would be created.

“We have what’s turning out to be a crisis on our hands and it’s unacceptable for the government to continue to stall on this issue. I stand behind my colleague Ms. Elliott and will continue to advocate for action on this file,” concluded Yurek.

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