MPP's Report - MPP Vijay Thanigasalam
Since I last wrote to you, there have been many wonderful events and news developments that have happened here in Scarborough - Rouge Park. There are a few of them that I want to highlight.
In June, I hosted my first annual Community BBQ at Adams Park. We had a great number of constituents join us from across the riding. We had lots of food, music and activities, and I was happy to hear how much people enjoyed it. I want to thank the many organizations and vendors that helped make this event possible. Thank you for coming and I hope to see you again next year!
This past summer, I was appointed as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation. This file has been very close to my heart, as I find it profoundly important to advocate for a quality transit system that is sustainable, efficient and affordable. I believe that transit is of utmost importance for our riding of Scarborough - Rouge Park and Ontario as a whole.
In June, I also met with the CEO of Metrolinx, Phil Verster. We had a constructive conversation where we discussed many issues that are important to Rouge Park. Notably, the frequency of GO Train service at the Rouge Hill GO Station during rush hour, which is a significant concern for commuters in Scarborough who still face long wait times. We also talked about the upcoming renovations to the Rouge Hill GO Station and the impact it will have on commuters.
On Canada Day, I attended the Honour Guard parade, after which I had the pleasure of taking part in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 Canada Day ceremony. We owe the brave men and women in uniform the utmost respect for the sacrifices they have made to ensure our safety and freedom. As I admired the flags held by the Colour Guard, I was reminded how our service members put their lives at risk, so that our way of life may endure and our children will inherit this province and country better off than when we received it. I also want to take a moment to thank all the families who have loved ones overseas, protecting our country and keeping the peace. Furthermore, we remain eternally thankful for all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
I also want to highlight some of the work the government has done to better the lives of hard-working Ontarians. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in the province and they need support and care from the rest of us. Thus, I am extremely proud of the creation of a new, publicly funded dental care program for low-income seniors with an annual investment of $90 million. This will help a great number of seniors, 65 and over, without pre-existing dental coverage, to access the care they need and live the high quality of life they deserve.
Furthermore, supporting young families with children is one of the highest priorities for the government. The cost of having children has increased over the past decades. This is why we have introduced the CARE tax credit, which helps to alleviate the financial stress of having children for almost 300,000 households of low to moderate income. It will cover nearly 75% of their eligible childcare expenses and allow for access to a broader range of childcare options. This will ensure that parents, not the government, are in charge of childcare.
I would like to sign off by mentioning that my staff and I are always here to help. The Constituency Office is located at 105 – 8130 Sheppard Avenue East. Feel free to drop by during our office hours, or give us a call to book an appointment. Contact us at 416-283-8448 or email@example.com.