Newsletter: February Recap

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A message from Christine Hogarth:
Dear Friends,

The House returned last month and my colleagues and I at the Ontario government are focused on bringing relief to Ontarians. We want to make life easier and more affordable for you. That’s why over the past month along with cutting the gas tax by 10 cents per/litre, the government has announced a number of plans including:

* Implementing the one-fare transit program, saving riders an average of $1600 per year.
* Permanently freezing driver’s license renewal fees.
* Giving voters a veto if anyone proposes a future provincial carbon tax.
* Banning road tolls on the Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, and provincially-owned 400-series highways.
* Continuing to pause the beer tax hike and mark-up rates.

The government has proposed legislation including the Get It Done Act that would (if passed) build on the government’s commitments to streamline approvals for major infrastructure projects and housing, keeping costs down for people and businesses, and supporting economic growth for long-term prosperity.

While others want to raise taxes on working families, our government is committed to protecting taxpayers to keep costs down for you and your family.

February was also a busy month in the riding. I had the opportunity to visit a few neighbourhoods to hear directly from you. The most burning concern I heard was opposition to the bike lanes on Bloor Street. As this is a municipal issue, I was pleased to share your concerns with the Councillor Morley. Please note, to get this changed 14 Councillors must vote to make this change.

I’ve also received numerous emails on the revitalization project at Humber Bay East. I had the opportunity to meet with the Toronto Region Conservation Association to raise your concerns about access to the beach. If you have specific questions on this project, please reach out to the TRCA at info@trca.ca.

Sending my best wishes to you and your household this Easter and Navroz Mubarak, if you celebrate.

Sincerely yours,
Christine

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Ontario Investing Nearly $1.3 Billion to Stabilize Colleges and Universities
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Carbon Tax Transparency
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Introducing the Keeping Energy Costs Down Act
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Black Youth Action Plan
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Province Honours 25 New Order of Ontario Appointees
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Looking Back at February

Thank you for joining me at my Annual Family Day Skate!
Celebrating Losar with the Tibetan community.
Attended a graduation ceremony for the Canadian College of Healthcare and Pharmaceutics.
Joined the community for the Coldest Night of the Year.
Attended a graduation ceremony for the Canadian College of Healthcare and Pharmaceutics.
Visited the PEO Kingsway Chapter for their 2024 AGM.