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VIDEO: Wilson pleased with support for hospital resolution

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(June 1, 2017) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson today was pleased by the government’s response to his private member’s resolution calling for the immediate approval of planning grants for hospital re-development projects in Collingwood and Alliston.

The resolution received support from all three parties in the legislature.

“I want to thank my constituents who came to Queen’s Park for the debate today and thank all those who signed petitions in support of the hospitals,” said Wilson. “Today was an important day for both hospitals. The government has recognized it is time to move these projects forward. I pleased with the support my resolution received and look forward to the next step in the process.”

Wilson said there is still a long way to go in the process.

“I want to thank the government for recognizing the need for the re-developments, but until the cheques are sent I’m going to keep the pressure on,” said Wilson. “I encourage constituents to continue writing letters, sending emails and signing petitions. We’re not out of the woods yet.”

Close to 100 constituents from the two communities came to Queen’s Park to see Wilson’s speech on the matter.  Stevenson Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jody Levac and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital President and CEO Guy Chartrand were in attendance.

Both thanked Wilson for his support and help with the two hospital projects.

“Today is a monumental day thanks to Mr. Wilson galvanizing our two communities,” said Levac. “It’s our turn.”

“It’s all about continuing to build awareness and moving the file forward,” said Chartrand.

Before the vote, Wilson spoke about both hospitals and praised volunteers and staff for their commitment and hard work on behalf of the facilities.

“Each of these hospitals is staffed by incredibly caring, talented and well-educated individuals,” Wilson said. “And, they are supported by legions of dedicated volunteers.”

Wilson said the time has come to move the projects to the next phase.

“These facilities were built in the 1950s and 1960s. The infrastructure is old and outdated and badly in need of redevelopment,” he said. “This is not about partisan politics. This is about planning for the health care needs of Ontarians into the future.”

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