The Lung Health Act Passes!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2017 The Lung Health Act Passes! Queen’s Park- Today in the Legislature, Bill 71, The Lung Health Act passed Third Reading with All-Party support. “This important piece of legislation is a step in the right direction and will help to provide lung health solutions through early identification, treatment, policies, and […]

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Wynne Government Accepts PC Health Critic Recommendations

Wynne Government Accepts PC Health Critic Recommendations Police Officer and Firefighters to receive life-saving Naloxone Queen’s Park— Today, after months of pressure from the Ontario PCs and Health Critic Jeff Yurek, the Wynne government has finally agreed to include police and firefighters in their opioid crisis strategy. “Police officers and firefighters are often first to […]

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Wynne Government Continues Wasteful Spending—Auditor General Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2017 Wynne Government Continues Wasteful Spending—Auditor General Report Queen’s Park—Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has released her annual report revealing out-of-control cancer surgery wait times, $17.4 million spent on government ads designed “to make the government look good,” and taxpayers being overcharged millions on their hydro bill. “There is a culture […]

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Wynne Government Continues its Attack on Small Business – The Rodney Grocery Store Closing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1st, 2017 Wynne Government Continues its Attack on Small Business The Rodney Grocery Store Closing Rodney – After careful consideration the Rodney Grocery Store has decided to close its doors, citing skyrocketing hydro rates and the sharp increase to minimum wage as major contributors to their decision. “This government’s complete mismanagement […]

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Lowering Hydro Bills for Ontario Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 Lowering Hydro Bills for Ontario Families Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs will make life more affordable for families by lowering hydro bills by an additional 12% St. Thomas – Today Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, outlined his plan to lower the average hydro bill by an additional 12%.“Under […]

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Ontario PC Party Will Lower Taxes for the Middle Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 Ontario PC Party Will Lower Taxes for the Middle Class People’s Guarantee promises to reduce taxes in first term St. Thomas – Today, Patrick Brown and the Ontario PCs announced that as part of the Ontario PC Party’s People’s Guarantee, an Ontario PC government will lower taxes for the […]

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Government Fails to Deliver on Palliative Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 27, 2017 Government Fails to Deliver on Palliative Care Queen’s Park – PC Health Critic, Jeff Yurek grilled the government on its failure to achieve its own palliative care goals. “This is just another example of this government continuing to make promises of expanding access to care, but never following through,” […]

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Wynne Government Making Inaccurate OHIP Plus Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2017 Wynne Government Making Inaccurate OHIP Plus Claims Queen’s Park- Today, PC Health Critic, MPP Jeff Yurek questioned the Minister of Health and Long Term Care on inaccurate statements made by Liberal MPP Daiene Vernile in committee. During General Government committee the Member from Kitchener-Centre made claims the drug for […]

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Optometry Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2017 Optometry Week The following is a statement from the PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Optometry Week: “This week in November we recognize Optometry Week and the important work being done by optometrists throughout the province of Ontario. The optometry profession plays an integral part in eye health and […]

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Overcrowding at Brampton Hospital Unacceptable

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2017 Overcrowding at Brampton Hospital Unacceptable QUEEN’S PARK – In the wake of scathing media reports showing 4,352 patients have been admitted to the hallways at Brampton Civic Hospital, the Ontario PCs stood up for Peel Region patients by raising the issue during Question Period. “This government’s mismanagement of the […]

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Opening of the Veterans Memorial Gardens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2017 Opening of the Veterans Memorial Gardens The following is a statement from the PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the opening of the Veterans Memorial Gardens: “This past weekend marked the official opening of the Veterans Memorial Garden in St. Thomas. More than 100 people braved the cold and […]

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Police Officers Forgotten in Opioid Crisis Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2017 Police Officers Forgotten in Opioid Crisis Announcement   Queen’s Park – Today in Question Period, PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek grilled the Wynne government for its failure to include police services in their recent opioid crisis announcement. “Police officers are often first to find those who have overdosed, and […]

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Statement on Small Business Week

The following is a statement from the PC Critic of Health Jeff Yurek on Statement on Small Business Week: “This week in October is recognized as Small Business Week. Small businesses in Ontario are the backbone of our economy — creating and providing jobs to our local communities, driving innovation, and helping us grow. They […]

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Liberal horse racing plan would result in “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2017 Liberal horse racing plan would result in “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses” Queen’s Park – “In a move that could be considered nothing but politically motivated, the Liberal government executed a plan to collapse an important Ontario industry,” stated MPP Jeff Yurek. Explosive new documents in the […]

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Auditor General Releases Damaging Report on “Unfair” Hydro Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2017 Auditor General Releases Damaging Report on “Unfair” Hydro Plan Queen’s Park – “Today, the Auditor General has released her report on the “Unfair” Hydro Plan, confirming the government is cooking their books through wrongful accounting practices,” stated MPP Jeff Yurek. The damaging report outlines how the government knowingly created […]

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World Mental Health Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10th, 2017 World Mental Health Day The following is a statement from the PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Mental Health Day: “Today we recognize World Mental Health Day and the importance of ending the stigma associated with mental illness. The Ontario PC Party believes that the government needs to […]

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Statement on Agriculture Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6th, 2017 Statement on Agriculture Week The following is a statement from the PC Critic of Health Jeff Yurek on Agriculture Week:   “This week in October we recognize the importance of Agriculture in Ontario.   The province is home to growers that produce a wide variety of nutritious fruit, vegetables, […]

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Statement on Mental Illness Awareness Week

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4th, 2017 Statement on Mental Illness Awareness Week The following is a statement from the PC Critic of Health Jeff Yurek on Mental Illness Awareness Week: “This week in October we recognize Mental Illness Awareness. Established in 1992, Mental Illness Awareness Week provides an opportunity for Ontarians to learn […]

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Ontario Hospitals Facing Capacity Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2017 Ontario Hospitals Facing Capacity Crisis Queen’s Park –  Through their inaction, underfunding, and crippling cuts to healthcare, the Wynne government has created a serious capacity crisis going into this year’s winter flu season. After being warned for months of the looming capacity crisis, the Wynne government has finally acknowledged […]

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Wynne Government Silent on Damaging Tax Hikes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2017 Wynne Government Silent on Damaging Tax Hikes Queen`s Park – Ontario PC Health Critic, Jeff Yurek was in the Legislature today questioning the Premier and her government`s decision to not stand up for small business owners. Question below: “After hearing from small business owners around the province it’s clear […]

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World Alzheimer’s Day Statement

Statement World Alzheimer’s Day Statement September 21, 2017   Today, across Ontario we recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and highlight that today is World Alzheimer’s Day.   Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible degenerative brain disease that affects thinking, memory, behavior, and physical abilities. Unfortunately, no cure currently exists for the disease.   It is […]

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Wynne Government Continues its Attack on Doctors

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2017   Wynne Government Continues its Attack on Doctors Queen`s Park – Ontario PC Health Critic, Jeff Yurek was in the Legislature today questioning the Wynne government`s continued attack on doctors and small business. The changes the federal Liberals are proposing would see physicians stripped of the tax […]

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The following is a statement from Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek on the anniversary of September 11th:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2017 The following is a statement from Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek on the anniversary of September 11th: “The community continues to mourn the loss of St. Thomas Fire Chief Rob Broadbent.  Please know that his family, the community, and all the fire fighters and staff are in our prayers. Today […]

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Auditor General does not agree with government’s books

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 08, 2017 Auditor General does not agree with government’s books LONDON – The Auditor General stated the government’s Public Accounts released this week did not accurately portray the annual deficit and net debt. “This is the second year in a row that the Auditor General has refused to sign off on […]

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FAO Calls into Question Government’s Credibility…Again

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2017   FAO Calls into Question Government’s Credibility…Again LONDON – “Once again, the Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) has called into question the credibility of the government’s finances,” stated Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. In his report released earlier yesterday, the FAO expressed serious concerns with the government’s overly optimistic revenue forecast, […]

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MPP Yurek calls on government to take immediate action at the EMDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 17, 2017 MPP Yurek calls on government to take immediate action at the EMDC ST. THOMAS – Today, MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London is calling on the government to take immediate action and expedite the delivery of a body scanner, while granting correctional officers at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) the ability […]

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My open letter to Minister Hoskins regarding impact of federal Liberals proposed changes on our health care system

Dear Minister Hoskins,

I am writing to you with respect to the federal Liberal government’s recently proposed changes to professional corporations, and the unintended negative impacts it will have on patients, taxpayers and physicians.

This government has spent three years in an aggressive attempt to contain physician costs to the extent of imposing unilateral cuts and using heavy-handed tactics designed to embarrass the profession into accepting lower fee increases.  These tactics failed and their results are still being felt within the health care system and the physician community. 

I raise this, because it illustrates the extent to which your government was prepared to journey in order to avoid increases to physicians pay.

The changes that the federal Liberals are proposing to private corporations would see physicians stripped of the tax provisions granted to small businesses.  It will create financial barriers for doctors to make investments in their practices, or continue to pay staff and office expenses during absences such as maternity leave, or the physician’s illness.   In addition, the changes negatively impact their retirement planning process.  I will remind you that the incorporation of physicians (provisions of which were re-negotiated with the OMA under your government’s tenure) was granted in lieu of pay increases.   

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Brand New Coal Plant and Toxic Waste Dump for Ontario: Yurek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017  Brand New Coal Plant and Toxic Waste Dump for Ontario: Yurek  St. THOMAS – “In a matter of only weeks, the Wynne government has re-entered into the coal business and put Ontario taxpayers on the hook for the cleanup of an American toxic waste site,” stated Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff […]

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Funding for Local Arts Organizations: Yurek

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2017 Funding for Local Arts Organizations: Yurek St. Thomas  – $69,000 has been awarded through the Ontario Arts Council to local arts groups and individuals, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced today. Project grants include: $36,100 to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre for  their Theatre Organizations program; $10,000 to Tangled London […]

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LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S INACTION ON CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PUTS LOCAL AGENCIES AT RISK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2017 LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S INACTION ON CHILDREN & YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PUTS LOCAL AGENCIES AT RISK  THOMAS – Today, Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) called on the government to take immediate action to properly fund children and youth mental health services. Yurek received a joint letter from community-based agencies […]

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Statement from Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2017 Statement from Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London The following is a statement from MPP Jeff Yurek on the Liberal government’s recent announcement to put a moratorium on future school closures until a review is complete: “The Minister of Education has admitted that her government’s existing accommodation review process is flawed […]

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PUBLIC HEARINGS ON LABOUR LEGISLATION

ST. THOMAS – Public hearing on the Liberal government’s proposed Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 will be held across the province.

“I strongly encourage constituents, small businesses and the agricultural community to participate in the  public hearings.  It is important that this Liberal government hears the voices of rural Ontario during the process.” stated MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London.

The committee is holding hearings in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston and Windsor-Essex the week of July 10th and in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto the week of July 17th.

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Recognizing Service and Community Involvement During Canada’s 150th Birthday

As part of the celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday, Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Jeff Yurek, Member of Provincial Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, will be recognizing individuals and organizations that have made our riding what it is today.

Nominations are now open for Elgin-Middlesex-London Canada 150 Awards.

“Our Community’s deep roots in agriculture and the contributions of faith communities, service clubs and many volunteers have played an important role in our history,” said Karen Vecchio. “There is no better way to celebrate this important year than by recognizing the outstanding contributions of the people who have made Elgin-Middlesex-London great.”

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MINISTER DISREGARDS BREACH OF CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH INFORMATION – JUST A PRINTING ERROR

QUEEN’S PARK – This morning Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the Government’s breach of personal health information.

“This government has passed numerous pieces of legislation giving itself access to Ontarian’s personal health records. Unfortunately this government has shown that they cannot keep the information private.” stated MPP Yurek

The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care did not answer the question and passed it off to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.

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MPP YUREK INTRODUCES PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL TO PROTECT CONSCIENCE RIGHTS

QUEEN’S PARK – This morning Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London), introduced his private member’s bill that would amend the government’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation to protect the conscience rights of health care providers.

Yurek’s bill, An Act to amend the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 with respect to medical assistance in dying, will make participation in MAID voluntary. The amendments will allow health care professionals to refuse to directly or indirectly participate in MAID if it violates their conscience or religious beliefs, without facing discipline from their regulatory college.

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVCIES NOT A PRIORITY TO WYNNE LIBERALS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017   CHILDREN AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVCIES NOT A PRIORITY TO WYNNE LIBERALS QUEEN’S PARK – This morning PC Critic of Health, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London), questioned the Minister of Finance on excluding funding for children and youth mental health services in the 2017/2018 Provincial Budget. “None of the […]

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LIBERAL BUDGET ARTIFICALLY BALANCED

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2017 LIBERAL BUDGET ARTIFICALLY BALANCED  QUEEN’S PARK – This afternoon the Liberal government introduced the 2017/2018 provincial budget.  “While the Wynne Liberal’s claim to have balanced the budget, a closer look at the numbers shows that the government is hiding a $5 billion operational deficit.” “Through one-time and unusual […]

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Wynne Liberals call hard-working doctors “cheaters”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2017 Wynne Liberals call hard-working doctors “cheaters” QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Wynne Liberals insulted Ontario’s hard-working doctors’ integrity by calling them cheaters during a debate in the Legislature. During second reading debate of Bill 87, the Protecting Patient’s Act, the Ontario PCs asked why the government should have access […]

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MPP Yurek’s letter to TVDSB regarding need for AEDs in all schools

Mr. Matt Reid, Chair Thames Valley District School Board P.O. Box 5888 London, ON  N6A 5L1 Dear Mr. Reid and Trustees, I am writing to the board today regarding the placement of Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in all the schools throughout the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB). AEDs save lives, and in fact, the […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek Statement on Eating Disorders Awareness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2017 STATEMENT ON EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS WEEK The following is a statement from the Ontario PC Critic of Health Jeff Yurek on Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017: “The first week of February is marked as Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders are often thought to only affect our younger generation, […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the FAO Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2017 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the FAO Report The following is a statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the FAO’s Ontario Health Sector report: “Today’s release of the Financial Accountability Office report on Ontario’s health sector once again confirms that the Wynne […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Alzheimer Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2017 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Alzheimer Awareness Month The following is a statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Alzheimer Awareness Month:  “January is recognized as Alzheimer Awareness Month. “Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias currently affect nearly 200,000 Ontarians over the age of […]

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GOVERNMENT’S LAST MINUTE OFFER TO THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DISRESPECTFUL TO DOCTORS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2016 GOVERNMENT’S LAST MINUTE OFFER TO THE ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION DISRESPECTFUL TO DOCTORS The following is a statement from the Ontario PC Critic of Health Jeff Yurek on the government’s newly proposed three-year deal with the OMA: “Early this morning we learned that the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care […]

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

A message from Jeff Yurek MPP wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IGNORED ITS OWN EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS TO FUND SIGHT SAVING SURGERY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2016 LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IGNORED ITS OWN EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS TO FUND SIGHT SAVING SURGERY QUEEN’S PARK – Earlier this week Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the government on their failure to fund surgery for keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease that causes individuals to go legally blind.  “The Minister […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the passing of Bill 41

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the passing of Bill 41 The following is a statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the passing of Bill 41:  “Today Bill 41, Patient’s First Act, 2016 passed third reading after limited consultation with health care professionals […]

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AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT SHOWS LIBERALS ARE NOT MANAGING THE PROVINCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2016 AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT SHOWS LIBERALS ARE NOT MANAGING THE PROVINCE QUEEN’S PARK – Today the Auditor General released her annual report on the management and spending of the provincial government. “The Auditor General’s report again shows the stunning incompetence of the Wynne Liberal’s to manage the province. 13 years […]

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GOVERNMENT FEES SKYROCKETING UNDER LIBERALS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2016 GOVERNMENT FEES SKYROCKETING UNDER LIBERALS Queen’s Park – Monday’s Fall Economic Statement from the Ministry of Finance showed that vehicle and driver registration fees have increased by $503 million, in four years’ time. Over that same period, other fees and licenses rose by $228 million. “The Financial Accountability Officer […]

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GOVERNMENT LIMITS PUBLIC INPUT ON CRITICIAL HEALTH CARE BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2016 GOVERNMENT LIMITS PUBLIC INPUT ON CRITICIAL HEALTH CARE BILL (Queen’s Park) – This afternoon at the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, the Wynne Liberal Government used their majority and passed amendments to the subcommittee report to drastically cut back the amount of time available for public consultations regarding […]

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PC’s CALL ON LIBERAL’S TO DEAL WITH ENERGY CRISIS

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2016 PC’s CALL ON LIBERAL’S TO DEAL WITH ENERGY CRISIS (Queen’s Park) – This week, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and the Ontario PC Caucus demanded that Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal Government stop further electricity rate increases, during an Opposition Day debate in the Ontario Legislature. “Ontario is in an […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER CONFIRMS GOVERNMENT FAILING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER CONFIRMS GOVERNMENT FAILING WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London questioned the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Environmental Commissioners report detailing the government’s failure on the management of wildlife in the province. The Environmental Commissioner reported that Ontario’s moose […]

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YUREK ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR TRANSPARENCY ON KNEE AND HIP REPLACEMENT WAIT TIMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Liberal Government on growing wait times for knee and hip surgery in London and the lack of transparency of wait time records. “Wait times for knee and hip replacement surgery is on the rise in Southwestern Ontario. The real wait time […]

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YUREK REQUESTS AUDITOR GENERAL AUDIT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2016 YUREK REQUESTS AUDITOR GENERAL AUDIT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT QUEEN’S PARK – Jeff Yurek, MPP, Elgin-Middlesex-London has requested the Auditor General of Ontario to perform a value for money audit of the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account (SPA). A report was recently obtained by the […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Mental Health Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The following is a statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Mental Health Day: “World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and work to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Mental illness affects one in five Canadians and is the leading cause of disability in […]

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MINISTER’S ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ON SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT FAILS HUNTERS AND ANGLERS IN ONTARIO – MPP YUREK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2016 MINISTER’S ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ON SPECIAL PURPOSE ACCOUNT FAILS HUNTERS AND ANGLERS IN ONTARIO – MPP YUREK QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the lack of transparency of the expenditures of the Special Purpose Account. “Is the […]

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YUREK CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL DUTTON/DUNWICH WIND PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016 YUREK CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL DUTTON/DUNWICH WIND PROJECT QUEEN’S PARK – This morning the Liberal government, following the advice of the PC Party, announced they will immediately suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement process and the Energy-from-Waste Standard Program. This will halt over 1000 megawatts of […]

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CELEBRATING THE ARTS IN ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONODN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2016 CELEBRATING THE ARTS IN ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONODN THOMAS – Today MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London, recognizes recipients of the 2015-16 Ontario Arts Council grants. “It is my pleasure to recognize all of the recipients from Elgin-Middlesex-London on being successful in receiving a 2015-16 grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Elgin-Middlesex-London had 7 […]

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YUREK CALLS ON MNRF MINISTER TO PROTECT HUNTING IN SOUTHWEST ONTARIO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2016   YUREK CALLS ON MNRF MINISTER TO PROTECT HUNTING IN SOUTHWEST ONTARIO THOMAS – In an unprecedented move, a large wind corporation has told landowners to stop hunting on their properties in response to two incidents of vandalism last winter. “It is unfortunate this wind company has decided to […]

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ONTARIO 150 FUNDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2016 ONTARIO 150 FUNDING  THOMAS – Last week the provincial government announced the details of the Ontario 150 fund. “Next year, 2017, marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. In celebration of this milestone the government is celebrating with a new one-time funding stream called Ontario 150.  This fund will support events and […]

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LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FAILS ON FUNDING PROMISE AGAIN

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2016 LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FAILS ON FUNDING PROMISE AGAIN QUEEN’S PARK – In February 2016, after facing pressure from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London), Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins committed to funding London Connect for Mental Health. Six months later, the promised funding still hasn’t reached the program, […]

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NEW REPORT FINDS CONTINUED BARRIERS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN ONTARIO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2016   NEW REPORT FINDS CONTINUED BARRIERS FOR PALLIATIVE CARE IN ONTARIO   QUEEN’S PARK – This week Health Quality Ontario released a report on palliative care.  The report provides evidence of the lack of action on the part of the Ministry of Health & Long Term-Care to ensure quality […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the recent HR issue at London Health Sciences:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the recent HR issue at London Health Sciences: “Recently, London Health Sciences Chief Nursing Executive Vanessa Burkoski was dismissed from her position, raising questions about whether the firing was due to her job performance or her involvement with the Registered […]

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FAO REPORT CONFIRMS LIBERALS CUTTING HEALTH CARE FUNDING

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2016 FAO REPORT CONFIRMS LIBERALS CUTTING HEALTH CARE FUNDING QUEEN’S PARK – This morning the Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) released his spring report on the provinces economic and fiscal outlook. “Contrary to the government’s talking points, health care funding is being cut in Ontario, leading to a rationing of […]

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TODAY MARKS THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF RYAN’S LAW

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2016 TODAY MARKS THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF RYAN’S LAW QUEEN’S PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) alongside Ms. Sandra Gibbons and Mr. George Habib, President & CEO of the Ontario Lung Association hosted a press conference to celebrate the one year anniversary of Ryan’s Law. “Today marks […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Doctors’ Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Doctors’ Day The following is a statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Doctors’ Day: “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I would like to commend Ontario’s doctors for their dedication to their patients throughout the province. […]

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Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Health Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2016 Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Health Day The following statement is from Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) on World Health Day: “Today marks World Health Day 2016.  The theme this year is ‘Beat Diabetes,’ with the goal of limiting the […]

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Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Oral Health Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2016 Statement from the Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Oral Health Month The following statement is from Ontario PC Health Critic, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) on National Oral Health Month: “The month of April marks National Oral Health Month.  The focus is to raise awareness on the […]

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MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS SUFFER UNDER RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE DOLLARS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: QUEEN’S PARK – This morning Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek (MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Liberal government on the impact of rationing health care on mental health patients. “Minister, your government’s rationing of healthcare has created a crisis in Ontario. Last week in London, 22 mental health patients were left waiting for beds. They […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: “This week marks the national Hands Up for Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  This week is an opportunity for Ontarians to learn, support and discuss the needs of those struggling with an eating disorder.   It is […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Cancer Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on World Cancer Day: “Today on World Cancer Day 2016, we draw attention to the disease that does not discriminate.  A disease that affects all ages and kills more that 8 million people worldwide each year.  This day reminds us to never […]

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Jeff Yurek 2016 Provincial Budget Consultations

  On Wednesday, February 10th, MPP Jeff Yurek will be hosting budget consultations for the 2016 provincial budget.  The consultations will be held in 3 parts of the riding (Dutton/Dunwich, Dorchester & St. Thomas) and will be open to the public.  Anyone that would like to present their ideas to MPP Jeff Yurek will be […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Bell Let’s Talk Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2016 Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Bell Let’s Talk Day QUEEN’S PARK – Today marks Bell Let’s Talk, a program that was designed to speak openly about mental health issues and help end the stigma attached to mental health.  For every tweet, Facebook share, text or […]

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LIBERALS TOYING WITH ONTARIANS’ HEALTH CARE

QUEEN’S PARK – Several Ontario hospitals announced frontline health care job cuts today as a result of budget constraints.  The cuts mainly target Registered Nurses. Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek commented, “Our hospitals are in crisis, and frontline healthcare workers are‎ ending up as targets because of the Liberal Government’s mismanagement.  For the fourth […]

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AUDITOR GENERAL REPORT CONFIRMS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S INABILITY TO MANAGE HEALTH CARE

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2015 AUDITOR GENERALs REPORT CONFIRMS THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT’S INABILITY TO MANAGE HEALTH CARE QUEEN’S PARK – Today the Auditor General released a scathing report highlighting the devastating effects of 12 years of Liberal waste and mismanagement.  The report details how Ontarians are bearing the brunt of the Liberal Government’s […]

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Ontario PC Health Critic Questions Liberals On Lack of Consultation with Ontarians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2015 Ontario PC Health Critic Questions Liberals On Lack of Consultation with Ontarians QUEEN’S PARK – This morning Ontario PC Health Critic, MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Liberal government about their lack of consultation in regards to Bill 122, the Mental Health Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015.  Many stakeholders […]

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Liberals Plan to Further Tax Ontarians

For Immediate Release: November 18, 2015 Liberals Plan to Further Tax Ontarians QUEEN’S PARK – The Wynne government plans to hit home buyers with a massive new tax grab by allowing all municipalities to charge a Municipal Land Transfer Tax. “The Ontario PC Caucus is strongly opposed to this home-ownership tax.  The Liberal government continues […]

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Statement from PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Family Doctor Week 2015

For Immediate Release: November 12, 2015 Statement from PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on Family Doctor Week 2015 “On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I would like to commend Ontario’s family doctors for their dedication to their patients and the delivery of quality health care services throughout all parts of the province. Family physicians […]

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PC Health Critic Participates in Optometry Day

For Immediate Release: November 10, 2015 PC Health Critic Participates in Optometry Day AYLMER  – This morning, Ontario PC Health Critic, MPP Jeff Yurek, Elgin-Middlesex-London,  joined Dr. Johan Gall & Dr. Rachel Hurst as part of Optometry Day. “This morning I had the pleasure to visit and observe the day-to-day work of Dr. Gall’s practice […]

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Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the OMA Charter Challenge

  Statement from Ontario PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek on the OMA Charter Challenge   TORONTO – Today the Ontario Medical Association officially launched its challenge under the Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms against the Liberal Government.     This challenge is being filed after the Liberal Government imposed unilateral cuts to physician services on October […]

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REPORT CONFIRMS FIRE SALE OF HYDRO ONE IS A BAD DEAL FOR ONTARIANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2015 REPORT CONFIRMS FIRE SALE OF HYDRO ONE IS A BAD DEAL FOR ONTARIANS QUEEN’S PARK – Today the Financial Accountability Officer released his report warning the Liberal government that their plan to sell Hydro One will put Ontario into further debt. “The report released today confirms what myself and […]

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Ontario PC Caucus Calls to Restore Liberal Cuts to Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 21, 2015 Ontario PC Caucus Calls to Restore Liberal Cuts to Health Care QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown and PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek hosted a press conference to discuss the Liberal Government’s cuts to health care.  Leader Patrick Brown and MPP Yurek were joined […]

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Statement from the Ontario PC Party on World Mental Health Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 10, 2015   Statement from the Ontario PC Party on World Mental Health Day   On World Mental Health Day, the Ontario PC Party stands in solidarity with Ontarians and Canadians directly and indirectly affected by mental illness.   “World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for Ontarians to learn and […]

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YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON SCATHING CCAC REPORT FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2015  YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON SCATHING CCAC REPORT FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Ontario PC Health Critic MPP Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Minister of Health & Long Term Care about the abhorrent findings from the Auditor General’s recent review of the Community Care Access Centres […]

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AG Report confirms Ontario’s home and community care sector is failing patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2015 AG Report confirms Ontario’s home and community care sector is failing patients QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, the Auditor General of Ontario released her report on the financial operations and service delivery of the 14 Community Care Access Centre’s (CCAC’s) in Ontario.  The report stresses that the Liberal government […]

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YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON LACK OF PAY EQUITY FUNDING TO COMMUNITY LIVING ASSOCIATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2015  YUREK QUESTIONS MINISTER ON LACK OF PAY EQUITY FUNDING TO COMMUNITY LIVING ASSOCIATIONS QUEEN’S PARK – This morning in the Legislative Assembly, Jeff Yurek (Elgin-Middlesex-London) questioned the Minister of Community and Social Services on the government’s decision to download the cost of pay equity to local Community Living Associations […]

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Yurek Appointed Health Critic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2015 Yurek Appointed PC Health Critic  THOMAS – This morning, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown announced a shadow cabinet shuffle at a media conference held in Toronto at 10:00am. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was given the new role as PC Critic of Health and Long Term Care. “I’m very excited […]

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Yurek coordinates meeting with Assistant Deputy Minister of Transportation regarding Glanworth Bridge

For Immediate Release August 7, 2015 Yurek coordinates meeting with Assistant Deputy Minister of Transportation regarding Glanworth Bridge NEWS: ST. THOMAS – MPP Yurek has arranged for members of “Save Glanworth Drive” committee to meet with the Assistant Deputy Minister for provincial highways on Monday, August 10, 2015 to discuss their concerns regarding the possible […]

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Yurek looking for answers on missing Patients at the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health

  For Immediate Release August 3, 2015 Yurek looking for answers on missing Patients at the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health NEWS ST. THOMAS – MPP Jeff Yurek is raising concerns for safety in the community after two “potentially dangerous” men went missing from the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health in St. Thomas, […]

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MPP Yurek Improves Communication with Updated Website

ST. THOMAS – Last week MPP Yurek unveiled his updated website.  The website will provide improved access and communication to the constituents of Elgin-Middlesex-London. “The new website provides improved interaction for constituents.  It provides another avenue for constituents to communicate with my office.  My office can now be contacted via Facebook, the website, twitter, e-mail, […]

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Yurek questions Minister on government’s failure to protect public safety & wildlife management.

QUEEN’S PARK –Today, Jeff Yurek, Ontario PC Critic for Natural Resources & Forestry questioned MNRF Minister Bill Mauro on the Liberal government’s failure to protect public safety and wildlife management after York Regional Police officers were forced to shoot and kill a black bear that was wandering Newmarket, Ontario over the weekend. “Minister, yesterday Police […]

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Ministry of Natural Resources

  QUEEN’S PARK –This morning York Regional Police officers shot and killed a black bear that for the past couple days has been spotted wandering Newmarket, Ontario. “Minister Mauro needs to investigate the failure of his Ministry in dealing with this situation,” said MPP Yurek, Ontario PC Critic for Natural Resources and Forestry. “The MNR […]

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Yurek questions Minister on the Glanworth Underpass Bridge

Yurek questions Minister on the Glanworth Underpass Bridge QUEEN’S PARK –This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Transportation on the design for Highway 401 & 4 (Colonel Talbot Road) Interchange Improvement project. “Minister, over a year ago I raised an issue with the Ministry of Transportation regarding changes […]

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Docs Rock – Wishing Doctor’s across the province a “Happy Doctors’ Day”

AYLMER – Last week, MPP Jeff Yurek had the opportunity to visit Dr. Toth at his Aylmer office for “Take your MPP to work day” in celebration of Doctors’ Day.  “It was great to be able to visit Dr. Toth’s office and observe the outstanding health care that he provides our community.  We are very […]

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Ryan’s Law Passes!

Ryan’s Law Passes! News: QUEEN’S PARK – This morning in the Ontario Legislature with the support of all MPPs Ryan’s Law passed third and final reading today and will become law after receiving royal assent. “Today is an exciting day for myself and Ryan’s mom, Sandra Gibbons.  It has been a long journey but the […]

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Ryan’s Law goes to Third Reading Debate

Ryan’s Law goes to Third Reading Debate  News: QUEEN’S PARK – Tomorrow Ryan’s Law will be debated for Third Reading at the Ontario Legislature. Ryan’s Law is named after Sandra Gibbon’s son who tragically passed away after suffering an asthma attack while at school.  School policy prevented him from carrying his relief inhaler.  The Ontario Lung […]

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Liberal Government continues to spend Ontario into Deeper Debt

QUEENS PARK – The Liberal government budget that was just released is not a substantive plan to get Ontario back on a firm economic footing and eliminate the deficit by 2017-18. “My colleagues and I can’t support this budget.  In the last few weeks, we laid out five areas to be included in this budget […]

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MPP Yurek Questions the Minister of Finance on the changes to the “Estate Administration Tax”

QUEEN’S PARK – Today MPP Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Finance on the new “Estate Administration Tax.” “Minister, the loss of a loved one is never easy. We all know that the time period after is extremely difficult for all Ontarians. The Estate Administration Tax underwent changes this year. These […]

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Provincial Deficit Continues to Rise

QUEEN’S PARK – Today the Minister of Finance announced in a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trades that the province’s deficit is $10.9 billion.  The deficit has continued to rise under the Liberal Government going from $9.2billion two years ago to $10.5 billion last year and $10.9billion this year. “It is clear that […]

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Yurek questions Minister Again on Doctor Shortage in Rural Ontario

QUEEN’S PARK –This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Health & Long Term, Dr. Eric Hoskins, about the state of Ontario’s health care system and the availability of doctors in rural communities throughout Ontario. “Under the imposed contract with Doctors in Ontario there is a lack of clarity […]

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MPP Yurek Statement on lack of Funding for local Orthopedic Surgeons

QUEEN’S PARK – Today MPP Yurek rose in the legislature to question the government on the lack of funding for joint surgeries at the local orthopedic department at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. “Currently the orthopedic department in my riding is giving up OR time due to the lack of funding from the Ministry […]

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MPP Yurek demands answer from the Premier regarding Sudbury By-Election Scandal

QUEEN’S PARK –This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Premier on the similarities of the Sudbury election scandal and the recent news that 3 senior officials of the Ontario Provincial Police Association took voluntary leaves of absence during an ongoing police investigation. “Premier, actions speak louder than words, the OPPA […]

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Yurek questions Minister of Health on the availability of doctors for Elgin-Middlesex-London

Yurek questions Minister of Health on the availability of doctors for Elgin-Middlesex-London QUEEN’S PARK –This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Health & Long Term, Dr. Eric Hoskins, about the state of Ontario’s health care system and the availability of doctors in rural communities throughout Ontario. “Under your […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek Calls on the Liberals to get back to the Bargaining Table

ST. THOMAS – Home care services for vulnerable residents in Elgin-Middlesex-London have been operating at a reduced capacity because of Liberal mismanagement, said MPP Jeff Yurek. “Health care professionals have been on strike since January 30th because the Liberal government has been unwilling to reach a deal with them since last March,” said Yurek.  “The […]

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Liberals Job Policies failing Elgin-Middlesex-London

QUEENS PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure on the unemployment rate in Elgin-Middlesex-London. “Minister, in 94 of the last 95 months, Ontario’s unemployment rate (7.0%) has been higher than the national average (6.6%).  In my riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London the unemployment […]

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Yurek questions Minister on 2015 OMPF Reductions

QUEENS PARK – This morning MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Rural Affairs on the reductions in Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) that many municipalities in his riding are experiencing. “Minister I have heard continually from municipal leaders in regards to the challenges they face due to the unpredictable […]

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Yurek calls out Minister on New Fees to Hunters & Anglers

QUEENS PARK – This morning MPP Yurek rose in the legislature to question the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the new service fee that will be charged on all Hunting & Angling licenses and transactions in the province of Ontario. “In a matter of days your Ministry will introduce a service fee to […]

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Donation to London Fire Department

LONDON – Today, in recognition of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London; Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford; and John Gignac of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation joined Matt Hiraishi of the Insurance Bureau of Canada as he donated carbon monoxide detectors to the London Fire Department. “Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week occurs at this time of year […]

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Ryan’s Law Passes Second Reading

  Ryan’s Law Passes Second Reading Statement: “I want to take this opportunity to thank all MPPs, stakeholder groups including the Ontario Lung Association and of course Sandra Gibbons and her family for all their help in passing Ryan’s Law through second reading this afternoon.  Last session, I introduced Ryan’s Law for the first time […]

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Ryan’s Law to Second Reading…Again

 Ryan’s Law to Second Reading…Again  QUEEN’S PARK – Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was joined by Sandra Gibbons and George Habib, President & CEO of the Ontario Lung Association to urge lawmakers to make Ryan’s Law a priority and pass it through the legislative process as quickly as possible. Ryan’s Law is named after Ms. Gibbon’s […]

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Yurek holds Liberal Government Accountable to EMDC Re-Build Announcement

QUEENS PARK – This week the Ontario Legislature returned for the fall session and with its’ return MPP Yurek questioned the Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services on his recent announcement at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. After years of denying that overcapacity was an issue at the jail, on October 8, 2014, the […]

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Time to Think Out of the Box to Solve Problems at EMDC

ST THOMAS – As an MPP who has spent the last three years confronting the problems at EMDC, Jeff Yurek was not surprised to hear that the turmoil of the past few years persists. News this week that an inmate passed away after a suicide attempt came on the tail of six EMDC employees being […]

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Yurek Launches Website in Support of Ryan’s Law

News: ST THOMAS – Today, MPP Jeff Yurek is a launching new website in support of his private members bill Ryan’s Law. The website can be found at www.passryanslaw.com. Ryan’s Law was originally introduced to the Ontario legislature in November of 2013. It passed second reading on December 5 and went through two days of […]

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MPP Yurek’s Statement on Legion Week

Statement: “I’d like to take the opportunity as the MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London to recognize Legion Week which is taking place from September 21 to 27.  Through their wide-reaching efforts, the Royal Canadian Legion ensures we never forget the sacrifice made by our armed forces.  This institution upholds the noble values that took our soldiers to […]

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Yurek Working to Move Senior’s Driver Licence Renewal Sessions to St. Thomas

News: ST THOMAS – Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek is calling on all senior’s wishing to see the Ministry of Transportation conduct Seniors Driver Licence Renewal Program mandated group educational sessions and written tests in St. Thomas to contact his office to let him know.

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Yurek Question Premier on Wind Turbines

News: QUEEN’S PARK – Yesterday in question period, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek pressured the Premier on her inconsistent stance with regards to wind turbines.  While the Premier has stated she believes communities should have a greater say in wind farm locations, her government’s green energy strategy gives final approval to the Ontario Power Authority and […]

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Yurek Demands Accountability from Minister of Natural Resources

“It appears that the Ministry of Natural Resources is walking away from many parts of its job to safeguard wildlife and natural resources.” – Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, 2012/13 Annual Report News: QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek demanded the Minister of Natural Resources come clean on how the funds of its Special […]

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Yurek Asks Premier to Commit to Ryan’s Law

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario legislature returned to normal business today with the resumption of Question Period.  In the rotation for the opening Question Period was Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek and he had one thing on his mind: Ryan’s Law. Ryan’s Law is Yurek’s private members bill that aims to protect students with asthma.  It […]

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RURAL DOCTOR SHORTAGE NOT A PRIORITY FOR LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

ST THOMAS – While the current government continues to make pre-election spending promises, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek’s concern over the doctor shortage in the region has grown. “This Liberal government has made a lot of hay with all their spending promises,” said Yurek. “Yet I’ve been working with the Ministry of Health since I’ve been […]

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HYDRO RATES CONTINUE TO RISE

ST THOMAS – In what has become something of a routine that Ontarians have come to expect, hydro rates in the province will rise again on May 1.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says this is what we get with the continuation of the failed Liberal energy policies of the past 10 years. Rates for peak-hours […]

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METROLINX AMONG BLOATED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

News: QUEEN’S PARK – The government released the latest publication of the Sunshine List and PC Transportation Critic Jeff Yurek said it’s indicative of a government that’s becoming more and more bloated. The five book list contains 97,796 which is up 82% from 2008 when the list contained 53,773 names. Yurek said that if you […]

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YUREK CALLS ON HYDRO ONE CHIEF’S RESIGNATION

QUEEN’S PARK – For 11 years, the McGuinty-Wynne Liberals have presided over the biggest loss of good-paying jobs in Ontario’s history.  With the latest Hydro One billing problems, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says this government can’t even get the basics right. “I have with me here today a bill for $233,000 that was issued to […]

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YUREK APPLAUDS PC VISION FOR ECONOMY

News: ST THOMAS – In response to PC Leader Tim Hudak’s speech to the Toronto Board of Trade this morning, MPP Jeff Yurek stated that he’s proud to be a part of the only party with a credible solution to Ontario’s dismal economic performance. “Between our Million Jobs Act and the vision laid out today, […]

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POSITIVE MEETING AN ENCOURAGING SIGN FOR FUTURE OF ST. THOMAS & EASTERN RAILWAY

ST THOMAS – A meeting to discuss the future of the St. Thomas & Eastern Railway was held today between multiple levels of government, Canadian National Railway, and other key stakeholders.  The agenda of the group was to determine options for keeping the vital rail-link in operation. The St. Thomas & Eastern consists of 33.6 […]

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OMBUDSMAN TO INVESTIGATE HYDRO ONE

News: QUEEN’S PARK – On Tuesday, Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin announced that it will be investigating Hydro One over what he describes as a large number of “egregious errors and baffling bills.” Marin stated that complaints about Hydro One to his office have more than doubled since the 2011 when 232 complaints were received.  This […]

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150 Carbon Monoxide Detectors Donated

ST THOMAS – Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek and Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman joined Doug DeRabbie from the Insurance Bureau of Canada at the St. Thomas Fire Department and later at Habitat for Humanity to put additional carbon monoxide detectors in the homes of London and area residents and to raise awareness that they will […]

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YUREK TO DEBATE ASTHMA PROTECTION BILL

News: QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek held a press conference to discuss his private members’ bill, Bill 135: Ryan’s Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools).  Representatives of the Ontario Lung Association along with Sandra Gibbons – whose son is the student the bill is named after – were also in attendance.

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LEGISLATIVE STATEMENT RECOGNIZING AUTO GUYS OF ST. THOMAS

QUEEN’S PARK – The following is a statement delivered on the floor of the Ontario Legislature recognizing Auto Guys of St. Thomas for collecting the most tires of all competitors as part of a Tire Recycle Drive competition: “I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Lynda Groom and Bob Ward, owners of Auto Guys […]

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NO PLAN EQUALS HIGHER HYDRO RATES

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli unveiled the province’s new Long-Term Energy Plan.  Despite efforts on the part of the Liberal government to shed a positive light on the plan, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek noted that his constituents’ hydro bills will continue to go up. The energy document cited a number […]

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YUREK INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA

QUEEN’S PARK – On Wednesday, November 20, MPP Jeff Yurek introduced his Private Member’s Bill entitled Ryan’s Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools), 2013. The bill, to be debated on Thursday, December 5, is named after Ryan Gibbons who tragically passed away at school just over a year ago after suffering an asthma attack.  In the […]

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Ontario PCs Release Plan to Save Horse Racing

ST THOMAS – Today the PC Party unveiled a plan to revamp the Ontario horse racing industry that the Liberals and NDP decimated with the passage of the 2012 budget.  MPP Yurek – whose riding is home to a number of horse breeders and farms – was pleased with the innovative plan. The plan would […]

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Liberals Still Don’t Get It

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, MPP Jeff Yurek expressed his disappointment of Premier Wynne and her Liberal Government’s abandonment of any commitment to responsible deficit reduction in favour of their long held tax-and-spend ways. The government’s Economic Statement – released this afternoon – did not contain any of the bold measures that the PC Party has […]

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All Parties Come Together to Curb Distracted Driving

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Nepean resident Rick Levesque joined PC MPPs Lisa MacLeod and Jeff Yurek and Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon at Queen’s Park to highlight the dangers of distracted driving and the need for a greater deterrence strategy. After witnessing a collision in which one of the drivers was talking on their mobile phone, […]

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ELECTRICITY RATES CONTINUE TO RISE

News: ST THOMAS – Starting today, energy users in the province of Ontario will be paying 3% more for electricity.  This equates to an extra $4 every month per household. During peak hours, consumers will now pay 12.9 cents per kilowatt hour.  The Ontario Energy Board – which sets prices for energy in Ontario – […]

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“Joe & Friends” on myFM with Jeff and MPP Christine Elliott

Click on the link below to listen to Jeff on “Joe and Friends” on myFM.  Jeff discusses what he has been up to in the riding & Queen’s Park!   He is joined on the show by MPP Christine Elliott. Jeff on “Joe & Friends”

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BAD DRIVERS SET TO RECEIVE LARGE PREMIUM REDUCTIONS

News: QUEEN’S PARK – PC MPP Jeff Yurek rose in the legislature today to ask the Minister of Finance whether he’s pleased that his auto insurance premium reduction effort is rewarding bad drivers. “I’ve spoken to a number of brokers, insurers, and regulatory staff and they’ve confirmed that, as part of the government’s 15% premium […]

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HOW MUCH ARE YOU PAYING FOR THE GAS PLANTS?

QUEEN’S PARK – Following a busy day at Queen’s Park, MPP Jeff Yurek speculates that the residents of Elgin-Middlesex-London will be interested in the following question: how much will a single political decision – made in Toronto – cost them? In her first press conference since being appointed to the position, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk […]

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15% AUTO INSURANCE REDUCTION – DON’T COUNT ON IT

News: QUEEN’S PARK – On Tuesday, PC MPP and Critic for Auto Insurance Jeff Yurek challenged the Minister of Finance on his 15% auto insurance reduction pledge in Question Period.  While the Minister continued to promise Ontarians the moon, it’s clear the rocket has no fuel.

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YUREK TO OVERSEE TRANSPORTATION PORTFOLIO

News: QUEEN’S PARK – In a much anticipated Shadow Cabinet shuffle, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was promoted from Deputy Finance Critic to Critic of Transportation for the PC Caucus. The shuffle was announced by PC Leader Tim Hudak at a media conference held this morning at 9:30 am.

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DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES NOT A PRIORITY FOR LIBERAL GOVERNMENT

News: 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 […]

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YUREK ATTENDS THE INTERNATIONAL PLOWING MATCH

News: MITCHELL – MPP Jeff Yurek joined other members of the PC Caucus today at the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Mitchell.  The annual event – taking place at Nulandia Farms – provides a weeklong opportunity to showcase the best in Ontario agriculture. Yurek noted that with over 54,000 farms in the province […]

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Good-Bye Trees, Hello Solar Farm

THORNDALE, ON – Today, MPP Jeff Yurek joined municipal councillors and community leaders to expose how the Liberal’s Green Energy Act (GEA) is wreaking havoc on Ontario’s landscape and Ontarians’ pocketbooks. Speaking from the site of the Sunningdale Solar Project on Wyton Road, MPP Yurek highlighted the inconsistency between the Liberals’ ‘green’ developments and the […]

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YUREK RECOGNIZES FASD IN LEGISLATURE

QUEEN’S PARK – September 9 marked the annual, province-wide awareness day for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek addressed the Legislature to officially recognize and thank community members who organized and took part in St. Thomas’ awareness demonstration. While many people are familiar with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), FASD encompasses a […]

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MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCE CUTS RAISE QUESTIONS

ST THOMAS – Details of a recently announced restructuring at the Ministry of Natural Resources revealed 140 employees received surplus notices this week.  While a spokesperson assured the public an additional 250 employees would be hired, the Ministry’s mixed messaging has left many people apprehensive. OPSEU – which represents the employees of the MNR – […]

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GOVERNMENT FAILING INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

ST THOMAS – Elgin County residents Susan Buro and Diane White were at MPP Jeff Yurek’s office today to raise awareness of the provincial government’s failure to provide adequate services for those with mental and developmental disabilities.  While a number of resources are available to young children with disabilities, Ms. Buro and Ms. White noted […]

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TRILLIUM GRANT HELPS TO FIGHT POVERTY

ST THOMAS – This morning, community leaders and volunteers were on hand at the St. Thomas Pentecostal Assembly to announce funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ initiative. The ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ project represents a collaborative effort by a number of area organizations to expand the social capital for […]

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MPP YUREK HOSTS LAUNCH OF DRIVE ONLY…NEVER TEXT CAMPAIGN

QUEEN’S PARK – Driving requires your full attention is the message of the Drive Only…Never Text awareness campaign that was launched at Queen’s Park today.  MPP Jeff Yurek served as co-host as MPPs, injury specialists, accident lawyers, and insurance brokers took a pledge to put their cell phones away when behind the wheel. After piloting […]

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Liberals Look to Find More Ways to Tax Families and Businesses

QUEEN’S PARK – The PC Party continued to question the government today about internal documents detailing a broad array of new taxes, fees, and costs across various Ministries. The PC Party first revealed the existence of government plans to raise additional money on Monday.  Today, PC Leader Tim Hudak and Finance Critic Peter Shurman laid […]

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MINISTER NEEDS TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION AT EMDC

QUEEN’S PARK – The problems at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre will not go away without decisive action by the Minister in charge was the message MPP Jeff Yurek conveyed in Question Period today following a weekend attack on a guard at the jail. “Minister, will a guard have to die at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre before […]

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH NOT SPENDING PHYSIOTHERAPY DOLLARS WISELY

News: QUEEN’S PARK – Recent cuts from the Ministry of Health will mean less physiotherapy services particularly for the elderly, according to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. Recently, the current government announced it would put $156 million a year toward physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention services for seniors and eligible patients.  This is a decrease from […]

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Liberal-NDP Coalition Budget Dig Province Deeper in Debt

“It (the budget) meets the needs of the NDP.” – Minister Sousa on the 2013 Ontario Budget QUEEN’S PARK – The people of Elgin-Middlesex-London will have to be satisfied with the status quo when it comes to the Liberal government’s high spending, job killing ways. “This budget shows that only a new team with a […]

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YOUNG ARTIST’S PAINTING ADORNS QUEEN’S PARK OFFICE

QUEEN’S PARK – Young St. Thomas artist Kayla Goulding was on hand with her family at Queen’s Park today for the unveiling of one of her paintings in Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek’s office. When she was twelve, Kayla put paint to canvas and created a piece depicting St. Thomas’ historic City Hall.  With the hanging […]

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YUREK DEMANDS TRUTH OVER GAS PLANT COSTS

QUEEN’S PARK – With hydro rates set to rise across the province on May 1, opposition parties continue to try and extract the truth behind two cancelled power plants in the GTA from the governing Liberals.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek probed the government this morning on their decision to cancel the power plants and subsequent […]

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YUREK TO SIT ON COMMITTEE INVESTIGATING CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS

QUEEN’S PARK – Committee hearings probing watered down chemotherapy drugs distributed to four hospitals in Ontario began today.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP and registered pharmacist Jeff Yurek has substituted into the committee for the duration of the investigation. The news of watered-down chemotherapy drugs broke a few weeks ago.  Nearly 1,200 cancer patients received the watered down […]

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HYDRO RATES TO RISE AS BILL FOR CANCELLED GAS PLANTS SOAR

News: QUEEN’S PARK – Today’s Auditor General Report confirmed what the Ontario PCs have asserted: the Liberals have understated the true cost of the cancelled power plants in the GTA, MPP Jeff Yurek said. “The AG has confirmed the taxpayer’s bill for the decision to cancel the Mississauga gas plant is $275 – $85 million […]

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PC’S TABLE MOTION TO PROBE OLG

News: QUEEN’S PARK – A motion put forward Ontario PC MPP Frank Klees in the Standing Committee on Public Accounts asking for the Auditor General to begin an immediate review of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation passed today. The motion requires the auditor’s investigation focus on the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program, […]

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RAILWAY CITY BREWING CONTINUES TO CAPTURE MPP TASTE BUDS

QUEEN’S PARK – At the Legislature’s annual Ontario Craft Beer Tasting and Selection Reception, Railway City Brewing’s signature Dead Elephant ale stood above the rest.  The brew was once again voted to be the Legislature’s featured beer in the Bold Flavoured Ale category for the 2013/14 session. “Railway City Brewing Company is a phenomenal St. […]

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LIVING WITHIN OUR MEANS REQUIRES RESPECT FOR TAXPAYERS

ST THOMAS – MPPs Jim Wilson and Steve Clark joined Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek to host a roundtable discussion with municipal leaders regarding the PC proposed Capacity to Pay Act. “For 10 years, the current government has made decisions that have put the fiscal health of our province at risk,” Yurek said. “A leading example […]

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Tax Preparation Services

Jeff Yurek’s Constituency office will be hosting “Tax Preparation Services” to low-income individuals and families. Experienced CGA volunteers will be on site to help you prepare your 2012 income tax return, free of charge. FREE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO: Individuals with gross income under $25,000. Families with gross income under $30,000.

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LEAL ABANDONS HORSE RACING COMMUNITY

QUEEN’S PARK – When asked again today about the horse racing industry, Minister of Rural Affairs Jeff Leal continued to tow the Liberal government line and offer nothing to avoid impending job losses. PC MPP Jeff Yurek cited impending job losses at Ontario’s tracks to ask the Minister why he has abandoned the industry.  Western […]

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PATHS TO PROSPERITY: RESPECT FOR RURAL ONTARIO

ST THOMAS – It’s time to recognize the vital role our agricultural sector plays in the functioning of our Ontario’s economy.  Ensuring the agricultural sector thrives will help this province lead Canada in job creation said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. Yurek made the comments following the launch of the latest Paths to Prosperity policy paper: […]

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PC PARTY COMMITS TO ONTARIO FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

News: ST THOMAS – While the Wynne government continues to prove that the old McGuinty style policies fail to create jobs, the PC Party remains committed to a comprehensive jobs plan that will put Ontario back on track said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek today. Yurek made the comments in advance of the launch of the […]

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2013 Budget Consultations

On Monday, March 11, MPP Jeff Yurek will be hosting budget consultations for the 2013 provincial budget.  The consultations will be held in 3 parts of the riding (Dutton, Dorchester & St. Thomas) and are open to the public.  Anyone that would like to present their ides to MPP Jeff Yurek will be allotted 5 […]

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MPPs Yurek and Elliott Discuss Mental Health Policy

ST THOMAS – Today, MPPs Jeff and Yurek and Christine Elliott hosted a number of mental health service providers and other stakeholders from Elgin and Middlesex County to discuss the future of mental health policy in Ontario.  The meeting was held at the Elgin-Business Resource Centre. Ms. Elliott, a long-time advocate for mental health causes, […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek Signs Pledge To Stop The Trades Tax

St. Thomas, ON – Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London has joined the fight to stop a Liberal government trades tax that will drive up costs for trades people, employers and residents in the London and St. Thomas region. “I’ve signed the pledge to do everything I can to stop the trades tax,” said Yurek. “The […]

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Building A Healthier Ontario

News: ST THOMAS – Ontario has the ability to build a healthier Ontario by giving families the care they need when they need it in a cost-effective manner PC MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London Jeff Yurek said today.  Yurek made the comments after the release of the Ontario PC Party’s 10th policy discussion paper entitled A Healthier […]

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LIBERAL MEMBER ADMITS HIS GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED

News: 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 […]

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DriveClean Program No Longer Useful: Yurek

News: ST THOMAS – For a program that many consider to be inconvenient, MPP Jeff Yurek is also saying that the DriveClean program no longer serves a valid purpose and needs to be scrapped. Yurek made the comments amid increasing public dissatisfaction with the program and the most recent Auditor General’s report that questioned the effectiveness of the […]

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WYNNE’S ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS LIBERAL UNEMPLOYMENT LEGACY

News: ST THOMAS – As part of Dalton McGuinty’s team, Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne stood by and watched as unemployment soared above the national average – and remained there for six straight years, PC MPP Yurek said today. “Ms. Wynne’s experience comes from nine years serving McGuinty’s government.  During her tenure, half a million Ontarians lost […]

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New accessible splash pad to be built in Balmoral Park thanks to a $55,000 OTF grant

The Rotary Club of Aylmer is celebrating their new project, which will bring a new fully accessible splashpad to the BalmoralPark, in downtown Aylmer,  thanks to a $55,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London joined OTF representative Ann Lapinski in congratulating the Rotary Club of Aylmer at their official […]

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A NEW YEAR; A NEW LIBERAL TAX GRAB

News: ST. THOMAS – What would 2013 in Ontario be without another job-killing Liberal government tax grab?  It looks like we will never know as January 1 marked the date when new regulations requiring all self-employed and independent contractors to be covered by WSIB took effect. Under the new rules, all independent contractors, sole proprietors, […]

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College of Trades Uses Taxpayer Money To Sell the Unsellable

(Queen’s Park) – Leaked documents have confirmed that the McGuinty Liberals are spending public money to create the illusion of support for their unwanted trades tax said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek. The documents – obtained by PC Critic for Training, Colleges, and Universities Garfield Dunlop – outlines how the beleaguered College of Trades is spending an undisclosed […]

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MPP Yurek and Barrett Engage Social Service Providers in Policy Discussion

St. Thomas– MPP Toby Barrett, PC Critic for Community and Social Services, joined MPP Jeff Yurek inSt. Thomastoday to discuss the state of social services inOntario.  The meeting, held at the Elgin-Business Resource Centre, brought together providers of socials services from acrossElginCountyandLondon. Mr. Barrett has been conducting a number of similar meetings across the province […]

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LIBERALS’ DECISION TO PROROGUE LEAVES AUTO INSURANCE CUSTOMERS OUT OF LUCK

QUEEN’S PARK – Yesterday, the Ministry of Finance publicly released the final report produced by the Anti-Fraud Task Force that makes recommendations to deal with the severe auto insurance fraud problem in Ontario.  The report was 16 months in the making and submitted to the Ministry of Finance a few weeks ago. PC Deputy Finance […]

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PC PARTY LAUNCHES FOOD PROCESSING SURVEY

ST THOMAS– Last week, PC Agricultural Critic Ernie Hardeman launched a public survey focused on the food processing industry.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek has long-touted the promise of the food processing industry in ruralOntarioand gladly welcomed the news of the survey.

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YUREK SLAMS MCGUINTY FOR ENDING SLOTS AT RACEWAY PROGRAM

QUEEN’S PARK – The PC Party will stand up for the over 60,000 horse racing jobs McGuinty is determined to eliminate MPP Jeff Yurek told an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of horsemen gathered at Queen’s Park this afternoon. The rally was held to show support for MPP Lisa MacLeod’s legislative motion calling on the Auditor […]

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Yurek Calls for Response on ODSP

News: QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jeff Yurek made a statement in the provincial legislature today urging Minister John Milloy to provideSt. Thomaswith a definitive answer regarding the city and county’s request for a postponement on the closure of the ODSP office.  The Minister recently announced the office would be closed with services moving to London.

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YUREK TO MEET WITH MINISTER ABOUT ELGIN-MIDDLESEX DETENTION CENTRE

ST. THOMAS– On Friday afternoon, a private meeting was confirmed between the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Madeleine Meilleur, PC Critic for Corrections Bob Bailey, and Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek for Tuesday, August 14.  The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss solutions to the ongoing problems at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre. After […]

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PCS LAUNCH AGRICULTURE SURVEY

QUEEN’S PARK- Last week Ernie Hardeman, Oxford MPP and PC Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and MPP Jeff Yurek announced that they are releasing a survey to look at steps the government should take to support farmers in Elgin-Middlesex-London and strengthenOntario’s agriculture industry. “We are committed to working with farmers to strengthen the agriculture […]

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MPP Dunlop Joins Yurek in St Thomas as part of his “Helping Ontarians Enter Skilled Trades” Tour

(St. Thomas) — Today, Garfield Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North and PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform met with a number of skilled tradespeople at the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce tohear their concerns related to skilled trades.He was joined by Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. Among the issues discussed were the apprenticeship system, […]

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Yurek: We Need to Get Serious about Jobs

“McGuinty has crashed the economy with soaring electrical rates and out-of-control government spending that’s made the province an unattractive place to invest. This latest (Jazz Aviation) announcement is just another example.” – Ontario PC MPP Monte McNaughton, London Free Press July 17, 2012 LONDON – Better days are ahead for London and Ontario, but only […]

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YUREK: SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE AT THE ELGIN MIDDLESEX DETENTION CENTRE

(St. Thomas,ON) – This week has seen tensions at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre rise to new heights as inmates refused to return to their cells as a form of protest against the facility’s deplorable conditions.  Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek says he is not surprised by the week’s events as he has been warning the […]

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Local Citizens Honoured With Prestigious Diamond Jubilee Medal

Member of Parliament, Joe Preston and Member of Provincial Parliament, Jeff Yurek, joined together Friday evening to honour 44 exceptional members of Elgin-Middlesex-London, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Diamond Jubilee Medal celebrates the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. It recognizes those in the […]

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COMMUNITY DIAGNOSES ONTARIO’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WITH A CASE OF MISMANAGED FINANCES

(St. Thomas,ON) – Last evening, MPP Jeff Yurek hosted his first Public Information Meeting to discuss the recently announced OHIP fee cuts.  The event was held at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre with over 60 people in attendance. Eight ofElginCounty’s doctors from various specialties were on hand to present how the fee cuts will affect […]

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Public Information Meeting: Health Care and You

Moderator: Jeff Yurek, MPP Recently, my office has received many calls and letters regarding the government’s announcement to cut OHIP fees for certain health care services.  The announcement caught many by surprise and has raised concern over the availability of these services.  I will be hosting a Public Information Meeting this Monday that will feature […]

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YUREK AND MACLEOD DISCUSS EDUCATION

News: (London, ON) – MPP Jeff Yurek joined MPP Lisa MacLeod yesterday at London Central Library to host a roundtable on education.  Representatives from the local school boards, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the London Anti-Bullying Coalition, and members of Independent School Bus Operators Association met to provide critical information on the issues facing Ontario’s education […]

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YUREK RECOGNIZES ROSY RHUBARB IN LEGISLATURE

News: (Queen’s Park,Toronto) – Yesterday afternoon, MPP Jeff Yurek made a statement recognizing the Rosy Rhubarb Festival in Shedden.  Mr. Yurek attended the weekend event that attracted visitors from as far away as Florida and showcased the rhubarb baking prowess of the rural town. “Twenty years ago, a small group of people gathered together with […]

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YUREK ON HAND AT PETERS’ PORTRAIT HANGING

News: (Queen’s Park) – Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was on hand for his predecessor Steve Peter’s portrait unveiling at Queen’s Park on Tuesday.  The ceremony was followed by a reception with many MPPs and residents of Elgin-Middlesex-London reflected on Mr. Peters’ time as Speaker.

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YUREK: ONLY PCs WILL GET THE JOB DONE ON WAGE FREEZE

“Tories have long called for an immediate pay freeze for all publicly paid workers, such as nurses and teachers, saying it will save the province $2 billion a year.”  – The Canadian Press, May 8th, 2012 (Queen’s Park,Toronto) – Only the Ontario PC Caucus see the urgency to take immediate action and implement a legislated […]

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YUREK JOINS COMMUNITY LEADERS AS THE SOUTHWEST ONTARIO BARN QUILTS TRAILS WEAVES ITS WAY THROUGH THE AREA

(Sparta, ON) – MPP Jeff Yurek joined other community leaders this weekend to congratulate the Southwest Ontario Barn Quilts Trails on their success in launching a southwest-Ontario wide tour that will cultivate the area’s heritage and increase tourism.

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LIBERALS PLAY POLITICS WITH HOSPITAL FUNDING: YUREK

(Queen’s Park,Toronto) – MPP Jeff Yurek voiced support for PC Party Leader Tim Hudak who called out the Liberals for playing politics with health care by cutting funding for six hospitals, five of which are located in PC ridings. “Can the deputy leader explain why he cancelled projects in PC ridings but is putting a […]

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HOW MANY CN TOWERS ARE ENOUGH?

(Queen’s Park,Toronto) – Today, MPP Jeff Yurek asked Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to explain why he continues to insist thatOntario’s finances are stable given the fact that when converted to a stack of $100 bills, the deficit would create a tower 29 times the height of the CN Tower. “If you did build a tower […]

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YUREK STANDS UP FOR INTEGRITY

(Queen’s Park,Toronto) – MPP Jeff Yurek stood up today to inquire whether the Premier would do the right thing and dismiss Minister Matthews given her negligence and mismanagement at air ambulance provider ORNGE. Due to the hard work of the opposition, revelations continue to come to light about the disgraced air ambulance provider.  Despite Minister […]

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THE LIBERAL’S CONTINUE TO BEHAVE LIKE THE GRASSHOPPER AND IGNORE THE LESSONS OF THE ANT: YUREK

News: (Queen’s Park,Toronto) – Following the budget motion vote today, MPP Jeff Yurek indicted the Liberals for failing to learn the lesson of Aesop’s timeless fable of the grasshopper and the ant.  The current budget contains no credible plan to reign in spending or stimulate private sector job growth.

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RAILWAY CITY BREWING COMPANY WINS OVER MPPS AT QUEEN’S PARK

News: (Queen’s Park, ON) – It’s official.  For the third straight year, Railway City Brewing Company’s signature Dead Elephant Ale was voted to be the featured bold flavoured ale at the Legislative Assembly for 2012-2013.  The selection was made during the Ontario Craft Beer Tasting and Selection Reception at Queen’s Park hosted by Speaker Dave […]

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McGuinty Government Continues to Ignore Doctor Shortage Problem in Rural Ontario: Yurek

(Queen’s Park,Toronto) – Last week MPP Yurek highlighted the McGuinty government’s ineffectiveness to ensure underserved areas have enough doctors to meet the needs of residents.  In a statement delivered to the house, Mr. Yurek referred to the Dutton/Dunwich area which has seen all but one of their doctors leave the area.

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PC Party Has Concrete Plan For Job Creation, The Liberals Don’t: Jeff Yurek

“Craig Wright, chief economist for RBC, said Ontario’s budget raised more questions than Ottawa’s because it was not clear how the province will balance its books.”  – The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2012 (London, ON) – Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was joined by PC Leader Tim Hudak in London today at the Chamber of […]

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Minister Matthews Needs to Stop Lying to Us: Yurek

(St. Thomas, ON) – The release of Ontario’s budget this week has left more questions than answers for residents of Elgin County.  The big questions revolve around the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s announcement that the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital redevelopment project needs to be ‘rescoped.’ Most residents of Elgin-Middlesex-London will remember Health Minister […]

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Budget Spending Unrestrained, No Jobs Plan: MPP Jeff Yurek

QUEEN’S PARK – Tuesday’s surprisingly weak budget fails to make the structural changes necessary in the way government operates and spends to avoid a $30 billion deficit, and throws up barriers to private sector job creation – so it cannot be supported, Ontario PC MPP Jeff Yurek said today. “This is the time for tough […]

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Yurek Calls on Government to Release Coulter Osborne Report

(Queen’s Park, Toronto) – Today at a Queen’s Park rally sponsored by the PC Education Critic Lisa Macleod and hosted by the Independent School Bus Operators Association, MPP Jeff Yurek called on the Liberal government to release the Coulter Osborne Report. The Honourable Coulter Osborne – who served with distinction as a judge of the […]

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Back to Work in Queen’s Park

Drummond Report to be Focal Point of Upcoming Session (Queen’s Park, Toronto) – Today, the provincial legislature resumed for the spring session. MPPs from across the province congregated back in Queen’s Park for what will likely be an exciting session with much debate anticipated on the recently released Drummond report. “The PC Caucus and I […]

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MPP Jeff Yurek at Fanshawe College to Promote the PC Party’s Apprenticeship Plan

(St. Thomas, ON) – Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek was joined by St. Thomas mayor Heather Jackson-Chapman, the Elgin Business Resource Centre, and the staff and students of Fanshawe College at Fanshawe’s St. Thomas campus to promote the PC Party’s plan to modernize Ontario’s apprenticeship system and create 200,000 skilled trades jobs. Ontario is experiencing a […]

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