McGuinty Government Opens New Legislative Session
Government Focused On Results As Real, Positive Change Gains Momentum
QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said his government will continue its agenda for real, positive change in the new session of the Legislature by focusing on the priorities that matter most to Ontarians.
"Soon after taking office, we took action on our commitments by introducing a progressive legislative agenda -- but our work is just beginning," said Premier McGuinty. "Our agenda for real, positive change is gaining momentum. During this session, we'll continue addressing the priorities that we ran on and that people voted for."
In a speech to the Legislature, Premier McGuinty said his government will introduce initiatives in the coming months that would:
- Provide up to eight weeks of job-protected leave for those taking care of seriously ill family members
- Improve school bus transportation to help ensure that students arrive safely and
- Keep Ontario's economy strong and competitive so that businesses grow and prosper, providing jobs and opportunity for families throughout the province.
"Our government will move forward on important initiatives in a manner that respects this institution and the people it serves," said Premier McGuinty. "We'll continue to consult -- both inside and outside this House -- to improve legislation."
Premier McGuinty also said the input received during the recent Delivering Change -- Budget Town Hall consultations will help guide his government as it prepares the spring Budget.
"Ontario is facing a fiscal challenge, but we're going to seize the opportunity to focus on real, measurable results," said Premier McGuinty. "That means our ideas must be bold. And our resolve to make change happen must be strong. This is the kind of leadership our government will provide -- during this session and over the next four years."