MPP is eager to learn from area residents; plans to take good ideas back to Queen’s Park.
(Wallaceburg, ON) – This morning, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton hosted an important roundtable discussion on the topic of rural and small town poverty, the second of three the local MPP plans to host. The roundtable focused on Wallaceburg and Kent 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. Too many people in this area are really hurting.”
In addition to MPP McNaughton, attendees included a broad spectrum and included representatives and delegations from the local municipality, local religious and charitable organizations, the business community, government agencies, youth organizations and staff from MPP McNaughton’s office.
McNaughton spoke about the importance of learning from others and working together, “My commitment to the attendees was to come to learn and hear from local experts. 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 here in Wallaceburg and Kent County. Sadly, it doesn’t surprise me to learn that the elephant in the room is the skyrocketing hydro costs being faced by people and families here in Wallaceburg and across Ontario.”
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 including the loss of good, well-paying, manufacturing jobs throughout the region, the people I heard from today are really making a difference in the lives of people throughout Wallaceburg, Kent County and beyond.”