Stephen introduces Bill 5: Stopping Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act in the Legislature.
Re-introduction of Private Members Bill
Stephen answers questions from the Queen’s Park media on the return of the Legislature
Stephen takes questions from the Queen’s Park press gallery on the return of the Legislature and the re-introduction of his private members bill.
Government must support our hospitals
Stephen has written to the Minister of Health about the dire situation facing hospitals in Ottawa and across the province.
The Ontario government must take immediate steps to prevent further closures and alleviate the current strain on our healthcare system.
Legislature set to return on August 8
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is returning for a summer sitting on August 8. This will give the Ontario government an opportunity to table and pass their budget, and lay out its priorities through the Speech From the Throne.
This will be the first Session for many members who were elected for the first time on June 2.
Remembering Gisèle Lalonde, Local Champion
Gisèle Lalonde, a true champion for the Franco-Ontarian community, passed away at the age of 89 at the Montfort Hospital on July 27, 2022.
Gisèle Lalonde led the ferocious charge to save the Montfort Hospital from closing down in 1997, when the Ontario government slashed healthcare funding and services.
Being the only hospital administered in French has played an integral role in addressing the health needs of our Francophone community, and without the leadership and determination of Mrs. Lalonde, the Montfort Hospital would not be open today.
Gisèle was a true champion for our city, province, and country.
Rest in Peace, Mrs. Gisèle Lalonde.
FAO Expenditure Report on Deficit
On July 19, The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) released their Expenditure Monitor 2021-22 Q4 Report.
The FAO projects a provincial deficit of $8.1 Billion in 2021-2022.
This report provides information on spending by the Province through the end of the 2021-22 fiscal year.
Stephen sworn in as MPP for Orléans
Stephen was recently sworn in as MPP for Orléans in the 43rd Parliament by the Clerk of the Legislature.
Happy Saint-Jean Baptiste Day!
June 24, 2022 commemorates Saint-Jean Baptise Day, and I’d like to wish everybody in Orléans a Happy Saint-Jean Baptise Day!
As we say across the Canadian Francophonie, “Bonne St-Jean!”
Ontario Government Drops Masking Requirements
ICYMI – On June 11, 2022, the Ontario government, in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, dropped masking requirements in most of the province’s remaining masking mandates, including on public transit.
However, to continue providing an additional layer of protection for the most vulnerable, masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes. Masking is recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes.
Humbled to Continue Serving as your Member of Provincial Parliament
I am humbled and honoured to continue representing the residents of Orléans at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Advocating your voice at Queen’s Park is the greatest honour, and I will continue to work hard with my colleagues to ensure we make Ontario a better place to live, work and play.