MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy Meets with Durham Region Community Leaders on Modernizing Government
DURHAM– Today, Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge, met with community and business leaders across Durham Region to discuss how modernizing government will ensure that essential services, such as healthcare and education, are sustainable while meeting the needs of the people they serve.
“We have turned our online consultation for the people into a conversation with the people,” said MPP Bethlenfalvy. “Today, I heard from business and community leaders about the barriers that are preventing economic growth and job creation in Durham. Restoring trust and accountability to the province’s finances, addressing the $15 billion deficit, cutting red tape and protecting core services are top priorities here in Durham Region.”
These regional discussions are the next step in Ontario’s government’s public consultations. Input received will inform the results of the Planning for Prosperity multi-year planning process.
“It is paramount that Ontarians have a direct say in how government can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of provincial programs and services,” said MPP Bethlenfalvy. “We are changing the culture of government, and we will continue to listen to the people of Ontario about what matters most to them.”
Throughout the modernization of government process, the Ontario Government will continue to consult with the people of Ontario to develop a strategy that achieves the best value for the taxpayer.
Background: Planning for Prosperity – An Online Consultation for the People
The Planning for Prosperity consultation was a three-week opportunity for people across the province, including members of the Ontario Public Service, to have a direct say on ways to make government programs work better.
The online consultation generated tremendous interest and citizen engagement across Ontario:
- The government received over 15,000 submissions in just 21 days
- The ideas submitted spanned all sectors of government programs and services
- Preliminary analysis suggests the greatest number of ideas were submitted about improvements to general government (this includes areas such as ServiceOntario and provincial taxes and benefits), education, and health, with over 4,500 ideas in each of these areas
Background: Regional Tours – A Conversation with the People
- Upon completion, the Planning for Prosperity online consultation became an in-person conversation with the people.
- Regional tours and roundtable discussions in communities across Ontario are the next step in the government’s public consultations, focused on achieving modern, sustainable programs and services.