SHORT-CHANGED: Grits failing the poor in Cornwall area, say Tories

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Local MPP Jim McDonell.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The interim leader of the Ontario Progressive-Conservative party said Cornwall and area is getting short-changed on money coming out of Toronto.

Jim Wilson was in Cornwall this week to gather feedback from local agencies about how to help those living in poverty, and he suggested the Liberal government in Queen's Park isn't doing enough to aid the less fortunate, especially in eastern Ontario.

“We need to give every Ontarian a chance to succeed, while helping local agencies deliver services with efficiency, care, and compassion,” he said.

A number of local agencies that help the poor, including the Agape Centre, voiced their concerns at a public forum hosted by local Tory MPP Jim McDonell.

McDonell pointed out that during province-wide consultations on an updated Poverty Reduction Strategy, no session was officially held in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry by the government.

Earlier this year he co-hosted a community consultation in Finch together with the Social Development Council and the House of Lazarus, bringing forward a report with recommendations on addressing the root causes of poverty in the region.

“Thanks to our spirit of giving back to the community, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry residents have access to numerous support networks and agencies to assist them in times of need,” said McDonell. “It is important for the government to take local experience and knowledge into account in order to deliver the best services in the most efficient way possible.

"We will take (local) feedback to Queen’s Park to ensure local providers can count on the provincial government to be responsive to their needs.”

Organizations: Ontario Progressive-Conservative, Agape Centre, Social Development Council House of Lazarus

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ontario, Toronto Queen's

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