Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Brampton last week to sit down with Brampton Focus show host Michael A. Charbon. The Premier responded to in-depth questions in an exclusive, full-hour interview. Rogers Television will be airing the interview on Sunday, February 5th at 7pm. You can subscribe now to get access to the early release that we will stream online.
Charbon reviewed input from our readers and asked the Premier to comment on issues including the sale of Ontario Hydro, the increasing cost of electricity, our Provincial debt and deficits, transit, and investments in infrastructure.
Brampton Focus requested the interview citing a strong interest from residents to get answers to their questions. The Premier’s office responded to the opportunity to conduct the full-length session.
Other topics discussed with the Premier focused on items of great interest to municipalities across Ontario, such as the role of the Ontario Municipal Board in overriding decisions made by residents and councils, as well as ways that municipalities can generate additional revenues to support the delivery of services to their residents.
Transit was an important component of the discussion. Premier Wynne did not mince words when asked about Brampton’s decision to refuse Metrolinx’s controversial $1.6 billion Hurontario-Main Light Rail project. In a split decision which took place after a marathon session at the Rose Theatre on October 27, 2015, and after listening to an overwhelming number of delegations that supported the plan, Councillors voted to terminate the project at Steeles Avenue. They have since been trying to find a viable alternate route.
Charbon pressed the Premier to address the high cost of auto insurance rates, an issue that has vexed Brampton residents for years. It is an issue that never seems to go away, despite repeated promises by politicians to do something to resolve the problem.
Also discussed was the recent move by the Province to provide tuition assistance for university students, as well as the announcement for a new university campus to be built in Brampton.
With an election coming fast in 2018, the Ontario Liberals, led by Premier Kathleen Wynne, are currently looking at record-low approval ratings among Ontario voters. The Premier details why she keeps working to implement her vision for the Province, saying, “Popularity is not the point. It’s about economic growth, and it’s about jobs.”
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