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LIBERAL ENERGY POLICY HURTING LOCAL AGRI-FOOD PRODUCERS

(Manotick)- Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod was in Manotick today at SUNTECH Greenhouses with owner Bob Mitchell to highlight the challenges the Ontario Liberal Government’s energy policy have placed on local agri-food producers.  SUNTECH is best known for greenhouse tomatoes which are regularly referred to as the “little miracles from Manotick” .

“Between the Liberals’ Green Energy Act and their Cap and Trade scheme, Ontario is now taxing food production and making it unaffordable for our agri-food producers to grow food and for consumers to purchase Ontario produce”, said MacLeod who has been representing parts of rural Ottawa for 11 years.

Bob Mitchell agreed, “Compare my product to the exact same product selling on shelves from Mexico.  You will see my tomatoes and cucumbers are at least 30% more expensive thanks to the Liberals’ energy policy that make it tougher for me to compete.”

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As the PC Party’s only MPP in a major Ontario city Lisa was the youngest woman ever to be elected as an Ontario PC Party MPP and only the second woman to be elected as a conservative in Ottawa.

Early Years Regulation Change

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

WHEREAS, the regulations from the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA) coming into effect as of September 2017 have forced City of Ottawa recreation centres to limit their childcare availability, and to stop caring for children under age 6 completely; and

WHEREAS, this policy will result in many parents being forced to find alternative care for their children, and possibly having to separate siblings into more than one care facility; and

WHEREAS, waitlists and the high costs of alternative child care spaces, lack of availability of before and after school care at many schools and the cuts to independent childcare operator spaces are all causing hardships for parents; and

WHEREAS, the CCEYA will cause direct, negative financial and psychological impacts on families across the city, especially on suburban and rural families who are reliant on City of Ottawa recreation centre childcare; and

WHEREAS, parents, and not the government, are the best judge of what childcare option will be the safest choice and best for their own children;

THEREFORE, we the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: To immediately amend the regulations accompanying the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, to ensure that the needs of families in the City of

Ottawa are the top priority.

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