MPP is eager to learn from area residents; plans to take good ideas back to Queen’s Park.
(Strathroy, ON) – This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton hosted an important roundtable discussion on the topic of rural and small town poverty. The roundtable focused on Middlesex County specifically, but discussion ranged on a variety of topics throughout.
“Rural and small town poverty is easy to ignore and turn a blind-eye towards, but this is an important issue and it’s one that my office has been hearing about increasingly since my first election back in 2011,” said McNaughton. “I’ve always said that the best ideas are ideas from back at home, so I plan to take the information and knowledge shared here today back to Queen’s Park for further review and consideration, and ultimately some action.”
In addition to MPP McNaughton, attendees included a broad spectrum of people and included representatives and delegations from several municipalities, area first nations, local religious and charitable organizations, area food banks, social services, government agencies, youth organizations and staff from MPP McNaughton’s office.
McNaughton spoke about the importance of learning from others and working together, “I’m excited to have such strong participation and representation here this morning. My commitment to the attendees was to come to learn and hear from local experts in the field. Rural and small town poverty is a very real issue and a growing concern and I’m thankful for the opportunity to hear first-hand some of the successes and some of the challenges that we are facing.”
Recently, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin was appointed to work with government partners and stakeholders, communities and people with lived experience to prepare a report on strategies to combat rural poverty across the province. McNaughton plans to deliver a summary of what was discussed today in order that McMeekin can include it in his report.
“I can tell you that although there are many challenges and many obstacles, the people I heard from today are really making a difference in the lives of people throughout Middlesex County and beyond, but as we heard today, there is still work to be done.”