Getting Ready For AMO


This years AMO conference is coming up after this weekend. I've mentioned before it's a chance for councillors from over 400 plus municipalities to meet and discuss issues, attend workshops and potentially meet with Ontario government ministers to being up specific issues affecting their town or city.

Normally at this time we get a list of the meetings we're going to be attending at the conference with ministers and after getting the list of confirmed meetings, I'm left a little disappointed.

In the past 2 of the 3 day conference is filled with meetings with different ministries that usually leaves us exhausted from walking back and forth between all the rooms and hotels. This year there aren't many meetings at all.

Specifically missing is a meeting with the Minister of Health Dr Hoskins, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, and Minister Charles Sousa from Finance. Through Regional Chair Gary Carr's office many requests were made to meet with these three ministries as Halton Region needs answers.

Health and Finance to address the continued shortfall of funding for many of our health programs, costs that have been downloaded to the Region to the tune of $9.7 million in 2017. This has equated to the equivalent of a 4% tax increase for a Halton residents and there are still no answers on the horizon. This doesn't include the improvements that are needed for Halton's paramedic services and we require the delivery of new technology and triage tools for the Mississauga CACC.

The list for education demands gets longer by the day as in different areas of Halton there are differing needs. Schools closures in Burlington and the ever increasing demand for new schools, especially secondary schools in Milton to meet the ever increasing – and provincially mandated – growth in Halton.

These are just of the questions and requests we were coming to AMO to have addressed but sadly, no meetings scheduled.

Does this mean we give up? Heck no!!! But it's just another disappointment for those of us who represent this growing area in the provinces Places to Grow.

We will be meeting with the Minister of Transportation to discuss a number of issues affecting Halton and Milton including 2 way all day service, parking improvements for our main GO Station and the acknowledgement that we will need another GO station for Milton immediately in the Derry and Trafalgar area as well as off Tremaine Road. We will also be asking for some action on the proposed CN Intermodal issue as well. The province needs to continue to be at the table as the CEAA/CTA process moves along and recognize Halton's unanimous opposition to this location.

As the conference moves along, I'll be doing my best to update everyone as the meetings happen. Will we get definitive answers to these questions? Probably not right away but this is another opportunity for us at the Region and Town of Milton to get our concerns aired and hopefully some action taken.

We've done our part when it comes to meeting all the guidelines for Places to Grow and Milton's growth plan. It's now time for the province to step to the plate and lend us a hand. Hopefully with the ever looming date of a provincial elections, ears will be listening and action will be taken to have Milton and Halton's needs addressed.

Will keep you posted. Until then….

Heading to the AMO Conference

It's that time of year again. The time where many municipal councillors travel to one location to share experiences, pass along advice and get an opportunity to speak one on one with provincial government ministers.

There are many different workshops scheduled for this year in Ottawa that spans over a 3 day period. Some of the topics will include new design and planning for today's housing needs, increasing participation in municipal issues, cannabis legislation & impacts on municipal / regional government.

Of course one of the main items I personally look forward to is our one on one meeting with provincial government ministers. This is where we get a chance to speak with them directly about important issues in Milton. More schools, better infrastructure funding, fixing then downloading of health services on to Halton Region. Chair Gary Carr and many if not all of the Halton area councillors will go from meeting to meeting and present to them OUR solutions.

No guarantees about what we get, if anything during these meetings but we still state our case and why we need what we need.

If you could sit down with one provincial government minister, who would it be and what questions would you ask? Let me know either in the comments here or email me mike.cluett@milton.ca

Milton PC Nomination Meeting Sunday June 18

 

This coming Sunday at the Milton Lions Hall – Thompson Memorial Arena – PC members from Milton will choose who the candidate will be for the upcoming election less than a year away. 


I hope to be that candidate. I have been working for the last 7 years as a local and regional councillor to fight for Miltons needs. All the roadblocks to these needs lie squarely at Queens Park. 


Help me be part of Patrick Brown’s team in 2018. 


This is why it’s important that we elect a strong, local leader who understands Milton’s needs and has been working for you. 


If you’re a member of the Milton PC Association, I ask for you’re support and vote on Sunday June 18. 


Please call me anytime if you have any questions (647)-888-9032 or email me. 

United Way of Milton EXCEEDS Our Fundraising Goal

As I sit here and reflect on what was a simply amazing evening for the United Way of Milton my thoughts turn to someone who was a good friend to many and a true driving force behind the United Way … the late Mario Belvedere.

As we turned around the numbers in front of a packed house at the Velodrome, I could see the biggest smile in the room belonged to Mario.

He was a passionate supporter of the United Way and one who taught us that nothing was impossible…dream it, plan it and do it. And we did.

Mario my friend, God bless you and this one was for you. Thank you for being my inspiration to continue to work with this amazing organization.

There are others who also deserve a lot of the accolades for tonight. There are two women who simply wouldn’t give up this campaign. At some points it looked bleak and it might not happen. Kristy Elizabeth and our proud CEO Katie Holmes didn’t give up. It wasn’t an option for them. There were 24 hours in a day but they found a way to use every second in this chapter of the United Way and they never gave up.

Thank you Kristy and Kate for YOUR hard work. As we turn the page in the chapter of the history of our organization, you two can be proud of everything that’s been done and will be done going forward. You’re simply awesome.

And finally, but not least at all we have to thank our coaches, our motivation and our inspiration. Shawn Saulnier and Bridget Saulnier drove the United Way to the next level. For years we were raising hundreds of thousands of dollars and yet they saw something more. With the tenacity of pit bulls they saw what could be for Milton. Something that was a pie in the sky thought just a few years earlier became closer to reality last year. 200k more was raised than ever before. But they said “no we can do this” and set the goal for one million again.

More hours than we can count they made presentations, speeches and would talk United Way to anyone who would listen.

Thank you Shawn and Bridget for everything.

Our board of directors is the best I’ve ever seen and everyone pulled their weight and more so to the United Way Milton Board of Directors. Thank you.

Thank you Milton for everything. All your hard work. All your encouragement and all your donations have made this campaign the most memorable of all.

Thank you!!!!!

Here is my Facebook Live Video of our announcement.

Have You Purchased Your Ontario PC Party Membership?


If you would like to help me secure the nomination for the Ontario PC Party for the provincial election in 2018…here’s how.

Simply follow this link to the Ontario PC Party website and purchase yours today.  If you’d like me or one of the members of my campaign team to drop off a paper application, please email me here and we will get in contact with you.

The date of the nomination meeting hasn’t been rescheduled to it can happen anytime so please sign up or renew today.

I can’t wait to hear from you and I look forward to being Milton’s PC Candidate in the next provincial election in June 2018.