I have shared my personal reasons for choosing to re-elect John Milloy. Now I want to take a look at his track record because I believe every voter in Kitchener Centre should take it into careful consideration before they cast their ballots.
Over the past eight years, John Milloy has delivered amazing results for both Kitchener and Waterloo Region. John Milloy is able to deliver these results because he works hard and is likable. More importantly, thanks to his experience working on Parliament Hill and as an MPP and cabinet Minister at Queen’s Park, he knows how government works and can apply this knowledge to get things done. And finally, John has always remembered his roots the influential role our region has played in his own life.
Provincial politicians have a dual responsibility to look after the best interests of Ontario as a whole and the best interests of the riding and area they represent. What follows is a look at how John Milloy has made Kitchener and Waterloo Region a better place to live. I could easily write a long series of posts about his record but I think it’s important that you see them as a package.
Strategic investments for a better Waterloo Region
- School of Pharmacy – If you had said in the summer of 2003 that Kitchener would be home to a school of pharmacy, no one would have believed you. They would have told you Ontario has one school of pharmacy and that’s all it will ever have. Take a look at the corner of Victoria and King and you’ll see that John Milloy made believers out of disbelievers.
- Medical School – When Milloy secured the pharmacy school he was asked by provincial officials what he’d do next, when he responded that he’d bring a medical school to Kitchener they laughed in his face. Yet today there is a satellite school of medicine since opening sitting beside the school of pharmacy. The result is that family physicians are being trained in Kitchener, they are getting to know our region and they are staying here. More people have family doctors in Waterloo Region than would ever have been possible without this new facility to educate them. See how this school was announced in 2006 and how significant it was considered.
- The Communitech Hub ($26 million contribution) – As a result, Kitchener is now at the centre of digital media in Canada and many high technology start ups have a supportive environment to get established so that they could become the next Research in Motion or Open Text. In turn, the Hub helped attract an expanded presence by Google when it moved to Kitchener. Combined with Desire to Learn, the Tannery is now one of the most vibrant centres of technology found anywhere. See a 2009 backgrounder on how provincial support for the Hub fits into Ontario’s Innovation Agenda. To learn more about the Hub, visit its website.
- Consolidated Courthouse – This project is transforming an underutilized block in downtown Kitchener into the centre of Waterloo Region’s justice system. While I won’t try to speak to how it improves our court system, I personally am pleased with adding another key piece to rejuvenating downtown. Read a 2010 Waterloo Region Record article on this project.
Critical improvements to public transit and transportation
- $300 million for light rail transit
- GO buses
- GO trains
- Widening highway 8 to highway 401 – With highway 401 playing such a critical role in southern Ontario’s economy, having a quick, efficient connection to it is critical for both Kitchener and Waterloo. Once the widening is complete, our primary connection will ease congestion and improve access to a vital transportation corridor. For more details, see this column from the Record.
A healthier Waterloo Region in mind & body
- $3.5 million to build the new Anselma House – Provincial funding helped the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region to put shovels in the ground to build their new facility that can accommodate more women and children in Kitchener.
- Major redevelopment of Grand River Hospital
- Two new Family Health Teams – Another example of how access to doctors and health care professionals has improved. One is the Centre for Family Medicine FHT and the other is New Vision Family Health Team
- Renovated mental health facilities
- 29 schools in Waterloo Region now offer full day junior and senior kindergarten – All schools will have it by 2014. Learn more about full day kindergarten and why it is so important.
- All schools have lower class sizes for primary grades than they did in 2003. – Learn more about why lower class sizes was a priority for the Ontario Liberals were first elected.
- Affordable housing has received $80 million in funding since 2003 – Many people struggle to put food on the table and meet other basic needs and pay the rent. Affordable housing helps people live with dignity and concentrate on priorities other than purely surviving. Learn more about this and related programs to help people break out of the cycle of poverty. (see p. 38 for affordable housing).
- 2,352 people have been helped through the Second Career program – The types of jobs available even in our manufacturing sector are changing. This program helps train people to have skills that employers are seeking.
Enhancing Waterloo Region as a centre of academic excellence
- New Conestoga Campus in Cambridge
- New Global Innovation Exchange Centre to hold the School of Business and Economics and Department of Mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier’s Waterloo Campus
- Several new buildings at the University of Waterloo and significant support of initiatives such as the Institute of Quantum Computing
- The Perimeter Institute
- The Basillie School of International Affairs
Taking care of people and connected with his community
The best record in the last 35 years
We’ve been served by some strong politicians over the years, but I believe that Milloy has the best track record of any of them in the past 35 years. His four years as a cabinet minister alone eclipses what Liz Witmer delivered over nine years in Mike Harris’ Tory cabinet.
I’d even put Milloy ahead of John Sweeney who both John and I voted to be Liberal Leader in 1982. Sweeney had tremendous success on the provincial stage (only to see it destroyed by Harris) and was highly respected around town but I believe Milloy has built upon one of his early role model’s record of public service. Another role model for Milloy has been David Cooke who was MPP for Kitchener 1985 – 1990.
Vote Milloy! He delivers results
The best part is that John Milloy can deliver even more results for Kitchener Centre and all of Waterloo Region.
Vote for John Milloy! Let’s see what results he can deliver over the next four years.