Delivering on some of our key promises
It has been a great term at the Ontario Legislature and I am proud of the work we have completed to deliver on some of our key promises, including our plan to build infrastructure and improve services. There is no doubt that Scarborough is beginning to thrive from these initiatives.
Empowering Students in Scarborough
I had the opportunity to visit many of our great schools and wonderful students across Scarborough. I shared my story surviving the Tamil Genocide, being welcomed here in Canada, and of course the greatest honour of being elected a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario. I was led to politics through my long involvement in community work and volunteering across Scarborough, which is something I want to inspire our kids to do as well. We also had the opportunity to discuss their challenges and plans for the future. If one thing is certain, it is that the next generation in Scarborough has a bright future ahead of them.
Redeveloping Ontario Place
I was proud to help work on the government’s plan to redevelop Ontario Place into a world-class, year-round destination!
We are bringing together spaces for family-friendly entertainment, events, parkland, and waterfront access for residents in the city and across the province to enjoy. This plan will provide greater public access to beaches, greenspace and trails while promoting a concert venue, food and beverage options, and the brand new state-of-the-art Ontario Science Centre.
The current Ontario Science Centre is experiencing declining market share and escalating operations costs. Therefore, this relocation will be the most cost-effective way to modernize the centre and protect its future.
Together with our partners, we’re building a space that’s fun for families, students and tourists to enjoy for generations to come.
Historic Investment from Volkswagen
I am proud that Volkswagen is investing $7 billion to establish its first overseas electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facility in Ontario. This investment alone will create up to 3,000 direct jobs and up to 30,000 indirect jobs producing batteries for up to one million electric vehicles per year. In the last two-and-a-half years, Ontario has attracted $24 billion in transformative investments by global automakers and suppliers of EV batteries. This historic investment is a testament to Ontario’s strong economy and position as a global leader in producing electric vehicles.
Congratulations to RCL Branch 258!
I would also like to congratulate all the members of our Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 in Highland Creek for their long-awaited grand opening. We had a wonderful celebration in this new location, recognizing their service to our community for the past 100 years. I want to specifically thank branch president Richard Viles and past president David Adamson for their tireless service in making this new Legion hall a reality. I am grateful for everything that this Legion hall has done for us, and I look forward to the many more memories to come!