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Wellington MPP sees bypass as top priority

Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott has raised a list of local priorities in the Ontario legislature.
The priorities – a Highway 6 Morriston bypass, full-day, two-way GO train service and improved rural high-speed Internet –  were laid out by Arnott in a statement in the legislature on July 7.
“Highway 6 serves as a vital link between the 401 and the Hamilton-Niagara region and the US border,” Arnott said in a news release. “A bypass around Morriston will eliminate a major traffic bottleneck, improve safety and allow for the free flow of goods to the border.”
Arnott has been an advocate for placing the project on the Ministry of Transportation’s five-year plan.
The MPP also questioned the government on details of its plan for GO train service.
“During the election campaign, the government promised full-day, two-way GO train service between Waterloo region and the GTA,” he said. “What is the timeframe for keeping this commitment? How does the government define full-day, two-way service? Will this include more stops in Wellington-Halton Hills?”
Arnott also raised the issue of the need to develop a public/private partnership to ensure access to high-speed Internet in rural Ontario.
“Lack of access to high-speed Internet in rural Ontario continues to be a concern. Reliable and affordable access to high-speed Internet is essential in today’s economy,” Arnott said. “A provincial strategy for expanding affordable high-speed Internet would help our local businesses grow and attract new investment to our rural communities.”
On July 3, Arnott tabled three separate private member’s resolutions highlighting each of these issues, the release said.
“I commend all of these issues to the government and urge immediate support for them,” Arnott said.
New title for Arnott
Meanwhile, Arnott has been appointed Ontario PC critic to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
“I want to thank our leader Jim Wilson for the confidence he’s placed in me,” Arnott said in a news release announcing his new role. “I’m looking forward to putting my experience to work in this important new responsibility.” As critic, Arnott will be tasked with holding the minister accountable in the Ontario legislature, while at the same time proposing constructive suggestions to strengthen Ontario’s economy, the release said. He will also monitor the government’s infrastructure spending.

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