Kevin Yarde MPP, Brampton North

Government of Ontario

Issues

For too long, families in Brampton have suffered from overcrowding, hallway medicine, and some of the longest wait times in the province when trying to access healthcare services in their community. This has sadly become the new norm in Brampton. Bramptonians are being let down by the underfunded health care which produces long wait times, overcrowding, and hallway medicine.

Delivering quality public health care is the most important thing our government does. The people of Brampton deserve dignified, timely and high-quality care from our health care system. Health care is more than just the care they receive; it also involves the dignity with which they receive that care. Bramptonians deserve better.

I will continue to advocate for meaningful change to the health care system in Brampton and push to end hallway medicine and increasing wait times. We need to invest in our healthcare so they can deliver the services in a timely manner with the care and dignity we all deserve.

Unaffordable auto insurance is an issue that Bramptonians have been struggling with for far too long. We are tired of paying unfairly high auto insurance rates, for no reason other that simply choosing to live in Brampton. Almost everyone in Brampton drives a car, and we all have to pay auto insurance in order to work, live and raise our kids here in Brampton.

This has become an issue of affordability and unfairness. It is simply becoming unaffordable for some folks to drive in Brampton now. And it is inherently unfair that we, the residents of Brampton, get charged more for our auto insurance just because we live in Brampton. It is unfair that despite having clean records, a good driving history, and ample experience, citizens of Brampton sometimes pay 2-3 times more for their auto insurance when compared to other cities.

Living in Brampton should not be a punishment. This is why I will continue to fight against postal code discrimination and to reduce auto insurance rates in Brampton.

Our parents and grandparents deserve care that protects their safety, health and their dignity. The sad truth is that seniors in too many long-term care homes haven’t been getting the care they need or the attention they deserve.

Residents are being left in bed for 18 hours at a time, and they face lengthy waits for help to bathe and change clothes — even to get to the bathroom. Workers in those long-term care homes are doing the best they can, but they’re run off their feet. Cuts to healthcare funding won’t address the long waits for long-term care space or any of these issues.

We are determined to fix seniors care and target the issues that have been stripping our seniors of their dignity. We need to give our ageing parents and grandparents the care they deserve. We will continue to raise issues in the Legislature around hospital waits, privatization and the need to protect front-line staff.