MPP Paul Calandra Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with all-day GO service, more long-term care beds in Markham-Stouffville

Stouffville, ONMPP Paul Calandra today celebrated the one-year anniversary since our Government was elected and began working for the people of Markham-Stouffville to put their interests first.

“There is so much to be proud of in the work accomplished in the past year, but I have to say that all-day GO train service to our community is near the top of the list,” Calandra notes. “All-day GO service, and the 79 per cent increase in the number of long-term care beds for Seniors.”

Along with the entire PC team, Calandra renewed his commitment to respect taxpayers, encourage job creation, and put people first. To date, over 250 initiatives have been implemented by the government, including charting a reasonable and responsible path to a balanced budget that protects the core services which people across Ontario rely on every day.

“Our government has been working day and night to restore trust in Ontario’s finances, invest in healthcare and education, and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Calandra “Today, we can proudly say: ‘Promises made, promises kept.’”

Over the past year, the government has delivered on a number of campaign commitments that put more money back in people’s pockets, including:

  • Cancelling the cap-and-trade carbon tax, saving the average family $260 a year and 4.3 cents a litre at the gas pumps. 
  • Ensuring minimum wage workers pay no personal income tax in Ontario, saving them up to $800 a year. 
  • Introducing one of the most flexible childcare tax credits for low- and middle-income families in Ontario’s history. 
  • Scrapping the outdated Drive Clean program and freezing driver and vehicle fees. 
  • Repealing the wasteful and ineffective Green Energy Act.

“Everything we do, we do for the people. We have an opportunity build for our future,” added Calandra. “I look forward to continuing to work with our government over the next year to make life better for the people of Ontario and turn this province around.”

Our Government is making the single largest capital investment in new subway builds in the Greater Toronto Area to get people moving. This historic investment commits $11.2 billion of a total $28.5 billion in four new rapid transit lines, including a new downtown relief line called “the Ontario Line.” The government is also expanding GO service to ensure two-way, all-day trips every 15 minutes in core segments of the network. Kids under 12 can now ride free on all GO trains and buses to help make life easier for families.

Healthcare

Our Government continues to put patients first. It is investing $17 billion over the next decade to modernize and increase capacity in Ontario’s hospitals to end hallway healthcare. The government is further investing a historic $3.8 billion over 10 years to fix the province’s fragmented mental health and addictions system and provide better supports to patients. The province is also providing free dental care for up to 100 million low-income seniors in Ontario. The government will continue to strengthen and protect the public healthcare system by getting rid of the bloated back office and redirecting those dollars to front line care.

Education

Our Government is investing $13 billion over the next decade to help fix schools in need of repair and build new schools. Informed by the largest consultation on education in Ontario’s history, the government recently unveiled a vision for putting students and parents first in our plan, Education that Works for You. The province is working to deliver the world-class education system students deserve, one that prepares them for the modern economy. The vision includes the expansion of e-learning courses; creating an enriched curriculum that promotes the skilled trades, financial literacy, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects; and banning cellphones in classrooms. The government will continue to protect what matters most and ensure a bright future for Ontario students.

Seniors

Our Government continues to support seniors and their families. That includes the allocation of 7,000 new long-term care beds over the past year, including 576 in Markham-Stouffville, fulfilling almost half of the government’s commitment toward bringing in 15,000 new long-term care spaces over five years. The government has also delivered on its promise to provide free dental care for up to 100 million low-income seniors in Ontario. The government is currently holding consultations to hear from seniors, caregivers and organizations to inform a new government-wide Seniors Strategy. Finally, the province provided estate tax relief to help reduce the burden on grieving loved ones. The government will continue to protect what matters most.

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