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I voted ‘No’ on Doug Ford’s Bill 195

On July 21, I voted ‘No’ to Doug Ford’s undemocratic Bill 195.  As a result, I was unilaterally removed from the PC caucus by Premier Ford.

After months of all MPPs at Queen’s Park handling repeated votes on the use of emergency powers, the Premier decided – without justification – that he needed to have all MPPs hand these powers to him for at least the next year.

In the Ontario PC Party caucus, Bill 195 was discussed for a total of 10 minutes.  No questions were taken from any MPPs. As the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister responsible for Bill 195, I was only briefed on the Bill less than 24 hours before it was tabled at Queen’s Park – two weeks before it was voted on.

Contrary to Premier Ford’s claims, Bill 195 has nothing to do with COVID-19. It is a power grab that allows the Premier to use extraordinary emergency powers on Ontarians for the next year – without any votes or debate among MPPs, thus silencing every single Ontario MPP for the next year on the most important issue facing Ontario today. It is undemocratic and unjustified to give any government this type of power without any oversight or accountability.

Despite my removal from the PC caucus, I am still the MPP for the riding of Cambridge until the next Ontario election and I will continue to serve our community and advocate on behalf of my constituents.

Over the last number of months I have held meetings and advocated on behalf of business owners, religious leaders, and others, with regards to the impact of COVID-19. I was able to ensure that Waterloo region entered Stage 3 of the re-opening phase immediately; I also ensured that our churches were able to start congregating again, before the Ontario government had originally planned.

I will continue to hold constituency meetings and advocate for a return to normalcy. Please contact my office if you would like to participate. Our email has changed to belinda@ola.org however the phone number and office location remains the same.

As we move toward the last few weeks of summer and into the fall, I encourage you to visit the many wonderful businesses and farms we have in our Region. We are blessed to have such easy access to farm fresh meat, dairy, and produce.

Thank you for all your support and for all that you do!

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