Laura Albanese, our MPP, has been busy of late. Last week she wrote a letter the Glen Murray, the Minister of Transportation, urging him to ensure electrification of the UP Express by 2017. The letter does not say that the electrification schedule is threatened, but no letter would be necessary if it weren’t.
Albanese asked Minister Murray to get Metrolinx to confirm that they are still going to get the environmental assessment done by 2014 and to ensure that Metrolinx hustles between the assessment and construction.
Albanese also spoke at length in the House about a resurrected bill to correct a conflict between old-age security and disability benefits.
that permanent disability pensioners who were injured before 1990 have their workers’ compensation benefits reduced every year by the amount that their old age security benefit increases for inflation. In other words, in the view of the worker, you see this amount of money being stolen from you, if you will. It’s a small amount that the federal government will give you to keep up with the cost of living.
Finally, she spoke about the closing Heinz plant in Leamington. She outlined the province’s response, including those of the ministries of Agriculture and Food; Training, Colleges, and Universities; and Economic Development.