For Immediate Release

July 31st, 2017

Statement on Provincial Cabinet Shuffle: Mayor Crombie

The following is a statement by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie following Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announced changes today to her cabinet:

“As Ontario’s third-largest city, today’s cabinet changes by Premier Wynne are an opportunity for the City of Mississauga to work closely with the provincial government to advance our shared priorities.

“First, I want to congratulate Peter Milczyn, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the neighbouring constituency of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, on his appointment as the new Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Peter is a committed city-builder.

“Council and staff have been working tirelessly on the housing file. In March, Council voted to move ahead with a made-in-Mississauga plan – Making Room for the Middle – that provides bold, innovative and practical strategies to give more people options for affordable, stable and safe housing Mississauga.

“We all remain committed to doing our part to reduce poverty and elevate the quality of life for our most vulnerable residents. Important progress is being made through a number of initiatives including making transit more affordable, maximizing the use of public libraries and the annual Mayor’s City-Wide Food Drive.

“I also want to congratulate GTA-area MPP, Chris Ballard, on becoming Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Council and staff are moving forward with our Climate Change Action Plan to safeguard our local environment.

“In June, I joined Councillor Jim Tovey at the 2017 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference. During the conference we won unanimous approval from delegates for a motion  to designate the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin as a United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve.  Such a status would demonstrate that the cities around the basin are serious about protecting the future of these beautiful waterbodies.

“My office will work to meet with all new ministers to ensure that we press ahead with achieving real results for the people of Mississauga and Ontario.”