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Friday, December 28, 2018

Walker Looks Back at 2018

Owen Sound | by Ken Hashizume  

The Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP says health care and jobs are a priority in 2019.

2018 was a pretty good year for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.

He was re-elected and his PC party formed a majority government for the first time since 2003 after winning the provincial election in June.

The year began with the resignation of Patrick Brown as party leader and former Toronto Councillor Doug Ford being named as the new leader.

Walker says it was a tumultuous start to the year but didn't feel concerned.

He says what he had heard was people were not going to vote Liberal and there were still bitter feelings the last time the NDP took office in the 1990s.

Walker says the experience he had spent as a member of the official opposition was great as he learned what worked and what didn't.

He says now that he is part of the governing party, you get to understand it better.

Walker talked about the impending closures of Tenneco in Owen Sound and the GM plant in Oshawa.

Walker says he has spoken to the leaders of both companies and there is no turning around.

He says his focus is helping people affected by the closures to find other work.

Walker says despite being the Minister of Government and Community Services, his focus will always be in the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound riding.

He says some of his priorities going into 2019 are health care and long term care, and bringing jobs to our region in order to keep youth here.


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