MPP Jim McDonell.
CORNWALL, Ontario - MPP Jim McDonell will be the new children and youth services critic at Queen's Park.
McDonell got the news following the appointment of Jim Wilson as interim leader of the Ontario PC Party.
In the critic shuffle, McDonell will also have responsibility for the poverty reduction strategy.
“Our interim leader, Jim Wilson, recognized that our region requires a strong focus on childhood achievement and early development," said McDonell. "Many constituents come to my office for advice because their children can’t access essential services such as education support or see their basic needs met.
"I will work tirelessly to ensure all constituents, especially our younger generation, can access the services and support they need.”
Earlier this year McDonell co-hosted a community consultation regarding Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy with the Social Development Council of SD&G and the House of Lazarus.
“The government’s consultation process did not include a meeting in our region despite the particular challenges we face," he said. “Our round-table discussion brought forward several ideas for the province to improve its poverty reduction efforts, including greater investment in early childhood development.
"Childhood outcomes and the risk of poverty are tightly linked and I am pleased our leader decided to merge the responsibilities to reflect this."