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Provincial Election 2011 : Ted Arnott, PC

Ted ArnottTED ARNOTT
A record of public service

“Respected by his caucus and opposition colleagues alike, Ted Arnott, the unassuming Waterloo-Wellington Conservative MPP, has long been known as one of the most decent politicians at Queen’s Park.”
– National Post, October 21, 2002

Ted Arnott never gives up.

As MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, Ted is trusted, experienced and dedicated. He is a persistent and effective advocate for our communities and the values we share.

He strongly supports our local health care services and schools. He pushes for the infrastructure projects we need. He looks out for farm families. He supports small business, and he knows we must do more to create jobs.

Ted listens and then takes action. That’s what he’s done since 1990, when he was first elected to the Ontario Legislature at age 27. Quickly earning a reputation as a decent and hard-working representative, he was re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003, and again in 2007.

Today, Ted serves as the official opposition’s Deputy House Leader. He also serves as critic to the Minister of Tourism and Culture and as critic to the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

Ted believes in our communities’ capacity to do good works and achieve great goals. He believes that government must be a partner, not an obstacle, in achieving these ambitions. Community conservatism--that’s Ted’s philosophy.

Accordingly, Ted works to support those who volunteer in our communities. He is well known in the Legislature for his efforts through the years on behalf of volunteer firefighters. In 2009 the Firefighters’ Association of Ontario made him an honourary member.

In 2011, the Ontario Association of Road Supervisors (AORS) awarded Ted honourary membership in the association in recognition of his significant contribution to the Certified Road Supervisors (CRS) public works professional accreditation program.

Community conservatism also means making a difference for young people. Ted is a strong believer in mentoring programs and served as a Big Brother before he was first elected.

At the same time, Ted was working full-time for his own mentor, the late Jack Johnson, MPP for Wellington. For Ted, this was a political apprenticeship that taught him meaningful lessons--that honesty and hard work are essential to success in elected public service.

Ted was raised in Arthur, where his family was in the heavy construction business. He studied and graduated from Arthur District High School.

At age 16, Ted received a Special Certificate of Commendation from the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, which recognized him for rendering “assistance which was instrumental in saving the life of a drowning man.” OPP Commissioner Harold H. Graham presented the certificate.

At Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ted received a Bachelor of Arts degree and, later, a Diploma in Business Administration. Like most students must do, he worked part-time and summers in a variety of jobs; he was a construction labourer, a factory worker and a retail store clerk.

In 2004, Wilfrid Laurier University named him as a graduate who is “making a difference around the world.”

Ted lives in Fergus with his wife, Lisa, who teaches Core French at James McQueen Public School. They have three sons who attend public schools in Fergus and the family attends St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fergus.

 

SOME OF TED ARNOTT’S PRIORITIES

Ted Arnott works for you. For the last 21 years, he has effectively and conscientiously served his constituents in the Ontario Legislature. He wants to put his experience to work for you again.

Ted Arnott fights for firefighters. Known for standing up for our volunteer fire fighters, he most recently insisted they deserve the same kind of workers' compensation coverage (presumptive legislation) protecting full-time firefighters. The government listened.

Ted Arnott keeps his word. At election time he consistently makes only one promise—committing his best efforts on behalf of everyone living in his riding. Year after year, his record shows he keeps that promise.

Ted Arnott strives for better health care. He believes it must be accessible for our families when we need it; he worked long and hard to support the Georgetown and Groves Hospitals' capital renewal projects, pushing for a CT scanner for each hospital. Long-term care and the concerns of our seniors need to be a higher priority.

Ted Arnott demands fair and reasonable hydro bills. He knows hydro must be affordable for the average family in Wellington and Halton Hills. Ontario's electricity system must be better managed to ensure safe and reliable power for households, farms and businesses, at a fair and reasonable price.

Ted Arnott believes in our economy and our environment. Ontario's need for aggregates must be balanced by an approvals process that ensures a fair hearing of public and environmental concerns, and a dispute settlement process that is fair and impartial.

Ted Arnott puts students first. He believes in building a culture of continuous improvement in our schools, supporting our classroom teachers, building on our strengths, and always putting students first.

Ted Arnott supports the future of farming. He understands the importance of agriculture and agri-business to Ontario's economy. By supporting research, supply management, and business risk management programs, we help to preserve farmland and ensure the future of farming in Ontario.

Ted Arnott says we must live within our means. Provincial government spending has been out of control, leading to higher taxes and a massive increase in the provincial debt. Small business needs to be supported, encouraging the creation of the new jobs we need.

Ted Arnott prepares for the future. While we’re still working through tough times, he believes the right leadership and appropriate policies will make Ontario’s future better than today.

For information about changebook, the PC plan for Ontario’s future, please visit my website: www.re-electarnott.ca and click on changebook.
 

Questions and Answers

Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
The high price of volatility of conventional carbon-based fuels creates economic uncertainty and drives up the cost of doing business in Ontario. How does your party plan to support business for the long-term stability and competitiveness of Ontario?s business and Energy systems?
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Arnott, Ted

  

Ontario's industrial base was built on relatively inexpensive and very reliable hydro. Public "power at cost," as advocated by Sir Adam Beck a hundred years ago, was one of our most significant competitive advantages through the 20th century.

In contrast, the McGuinty Liberals are driving up hydro costs for families and businesses alike.  Their Samsung deal includes a commitment to pay up to four times the going rate for wind power and up to fifteen times the going rate for solar power.

A different approach is required.  A PC Government would treat energy policy as economic policy -- not as a social program.  Changebook, Tim Hudak's plan, states the following: "We will focus on the proven technologies that are effective, efficient, and clean; like natural gas, hydroelectric, and nuclear. Any investments in nuclear technology will, of course, be subject to the most rigorous safety standards in the world. We will have an open and fair process for alternate energy sources like solar, wind, and biomass that demands affordable prices and respects local decisions."

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September on 26 September to all
Why is it that when it comes to wind farms no signs were ever put up and all knowledge of the development was kept quiet until the last minute.
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Arnott, Ted

  

The Liberal Government has, I believe, made a deliberate decision to minimize public consultation as part of their industrial wind farm policy.  It is entirely reasonable for residents who would be affected by a wind farm proposal to be fully consulted and informed of the process, and for the municipality to have a say over the outcome.

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
Do you believe that renewable energy should be part of our future?
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Arnott, Ted

  

Here in Ontario, I believe there will continue to be a role for renewable energy - which I support in principle - in the overall mix of electricity generation in Ontario.  However, it has to be affordable for ratepayers, and the approvals process should be honest and transparent.  Unfortunately, the Liberal Government has proceeded with expensive energy experiments that are major contributors to rising hydro bills.  They have also foisted wind farms on communities that do not want them.  I support renewable energy, but not at the expense of local autonomy.

Changebook, Tim Hudak's plan for Ontario, proposes an open and fair process for alternate energy sources like solar, wind, and biomass that demands affordable prices and respects local decisions.

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
How will you and your party protect and improve health care? Do you party?s past positions and policies support your promises?
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Arnott, Ted

  

In my 21 years in the Legislature, I have always voiced strong support for the health care services we all value and rely upon.  Changebook, the PC plan for Ontario, commits to increase investment in health care by $6.1 billion after four years.  I've covered health care issues in considerable detail on my website: www.re-electarnott.ca.  By clicking on the News section, you will find several news releases and videos of interest.

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
More & more, I?ve noticed that the province repeatedly ignores mental health. Group home and one-to-one workers for youths and adults with developmental disabilities are underfunded and underpaid. Parliament says there?s not enough money, yet there seems to be enough for their personal interests. If you?re elected, what funding solutions will you recommend?
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Arnott, Ted

  

There are far too many people who suffer from mental health challenges, poverty, ill health, whose psyches are so damaged that the mainstream world is just as inaccessible for them as it is for the physically disabled.  I agree that the provincial government should do a better job responding to their needs, and the needs of those who work with people with developmental disabilities.

My colleague, PC Health Critic Christine Elliott, spearheaded the Ontario Legislature’s all-party Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions.  I support her work and I applaud the committee for its work; my hope is that the next government will take seriously the committee's recommendations.

 
Question submitted by From The All Candidates' Meeting on 19 September to all
A recent announcement was made that Centre Wellington well be receiving funding for a new hospital. With Ontario?s goal of eliminating the budget deficit threatening by steadily rising health care costs, what will your party do to make rural health care programming and operations sustainable?
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Arnott, Ted

  

Strong rural health care services are essential, and I want to continue making every effort to support them, just as I've done in the past.  I was pleased to work actively, passionately and successfully to support the redevelopment of a new Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Centre Wellington, as well as the Georgetown Hospital's ER and CT scanner project.  I also worked to support the East Wellington Family Health Team, and helped it get off the ground.

You correctly point out that rising health costs generally, as well as the Liberals' deficit, will, to a degree, limit the next government in many areas.  But I will never stop advocating for the local health services we need.

 
Question submitted by Bruce Lloyd on 15 September to all
With the LHIN system in place, would you keep it in place or scrap it to add the estimated $1 billion dollar administration costs back in to direct healthcare?
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Arnott, Ted

  

We need to work together and focus on front-line health care, as close to home as possible.  We don't need more health care bureaucracies, like the Local Health Integration Networks or LHINs.  To date, the LHINs have cost Ontario approximately $300 million -- primarily in salaries and administration.  Tim Hudak plans to close the LHINs and redirect those dollars to patients.

We need a more cost-effective way to ensure local input in health care funding allocation decisions.

Changebook, Tim Hudak's plan for Ontario, states the following: "Whether in the Ministry of Health, hospitals, or Community Care Access Centres, there are savings to be found at multiple levels – savings that can go towards helping patients. We will reduce administration and reinvest that money in nurses, doctors, health care technology, and other frontline care."

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