Recapping 2018: A look at the first six months

By MPP Toby Barrett

To The Haldimand Press

As with the previous year, the winter and spring of 2018 left me little choice but to pressure the government on a series of issues plaguing constituents here in Haldimand-Norfolk.

One of the biggest issues early in the year was the potholes on Highway 6. The previous government committed to fixing the highway two years prior but it wasn’t until January I learned the Minister of Transportation had delayed maintenance and reconstruction due to archeological work. The Ministry eventually fixed the potholes. I will continue to pressure the Ministry of Transportation to find measures to make our highways safe – given the tragedies on Highway 6 and Highway 24.

One of last year’s big debates was the increased minimum wage. Area small business and farmers were worried they would lose their livelihood. It quickly became apparent the very people the government was claiming to help were indeed the ones that would be the most negatively impacted. During testimony before the Finance Committee, it was reiterated time again that the disadvantaged and those with disabilities would be the first to become unemployed.

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