The Chronicle Journal - Budget has Little for North

Published on March 30th, 2011 in the Chronicle Journal

Depending on who you ask — the provincial budget either forgot Northwestern Ontario or it has some strong

Depending on who you ask — the provincial budget either forgot Northwestern Ontario or it has some strong commitments to help the region for years to come.


One thing is clear: The only new item that could have direct benefits for Northwestern Ontario is an additional $10 million in the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, bringing it to a yearly investment of $100 million.

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The Chronicle Journal - Forest tenure process will end mill, 300 jobs

Published on March 26th, 2011 in the Published on March 26th, 2011 in the Chronicle Journal

In your editorial A Waste of Time (March 24) you refer to the staged and scripted exchange regarding the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act during question period Wednesday between MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle.

I have been closely following the parliamentary debate on the proposed forest tenure act and I’m very disappointed with the standard, scripted answers from the Liberal Party, especially Minister Michael Gravelle.

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Hillier Condemns Wasteful Spending at South East LHIN

(QUEENS PARK) - Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington blasted the McGuinty Government today in Question Period. Mr. Hillier rose in the Legislature to question the Minister of Health regarding the wasteful and unaccountable spending occurring at the South East LHIN. 

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REM Online - Politicians push for private property rights

Published on March 21st, 2011 in REM Online

Two Ontario politicians have launched a proposal to get private property rights included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Federal MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) and MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) announced they will jointly present resolutions in the House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to amend Canada’s Constitution, embedding property rights within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Net News Ledger - “Liberals have turned Northern Ontario into a have-not region of a have-not province”

Published on March 4th, 2011 in Net News Ledger

THUNDER BAY – “The McGuinty Liberals’ Northern Growth Plan is yet another hypocrisy perpetrated by a party which has failed Northerners time and time again”, stated Randy Hillier, PC Party critic for Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. “A ‘northern’ document originally penned by George Smitherman, the growth plan will do nothing to stem the tide of a Northern recession that the Liberals have created”.

 

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Working Forest -Ontario politicians spar over forestry tenure changes

Published on March 3rd, 2011 in Net News Ledger and the Working Forest

Randy Hillier, PC Party Critic for Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry is condemning the Liberal Government for their unwillingness to help the foresters of Northern Ontario. “Northern communities that rely on the Forestry sector have been once again left in the dark when it comes to the McGuinty Liberals’ new Forest Tenure Modernization Act, Bill 151,” charges Hillier. “McGuinty’s new Forestry act sets our foresters up for failure,” Hillier continued. “All this Government seems capable of doing is adding more bureaucracy and excessive regulations by creating new Forest-LHINs, while granting the Minister arbitrary authority to break agreements and revoke licenses without cause.

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Petition Started Online to Amend the Constitution to Enshrine Property Rights

(Queen's Park) - Randy Hillier announces the launch of the following online petition:


That the Legislative Assembly pass the property rights motion tabled by MPP Randy Hillier, and take the necessary steps to enshrine property rights in the Constitution for Ontario.

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Merit pay would work for politicians too

Published in the National Post on January 17th, 2011

With all the recent musing about merit pay for teachers, it was only natural for National Post columnist Kelly McParland to float the notion of merit pay for politicians earlier this month. Holding politicians to account financially, and not just simply at the ballot box, is an idea that deserves its own public debate.

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McGuinty acting like Regent

Published on August 17th, 2010 in the Toronto Star

Re: Hudak’s bad idea, Editorial Aug. 16

Your recent article on Bill 191 shows an understanding of the facts, but a very convoluted conclusion. While The Far North Act is criticized by everyone, you conclude this means the “right balance” is struck. Most people would conclude a bill that pleases nobody and harms everybody is the hallmark of an out-of-touch government.

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G20 crackdown reeks of tyranny

Published in the Toronto Star on Monday July 12th, 2010

Conservative MPP criticizes heavy-handed G20 policing as an attack on democratic rights and freedoms.

It has been said that in war, truth is the first casualty. Yet in the wake of the Toronto G20 summit, it is clear that truth is an unwelcome intruder within the realm of politics as well. Call it my inherent cynicism about politics or maybe put it down to my observation and experience, but the discussion and media coverage surrounding the G20 summit has been ignorant at best, or deliberately misleading at worst.

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