Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, and Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey, joined forces in demanding the government cut red tape for service clubs.
Miller explained that “The Rotary Club of Bracebridge has run into issues because they have introduced a new fundraiser, a duck race to take place on July 1st. Unfortunately because of government rules the Rotary Club will be unable to sell tickets to their main fundraiser, a raffle for a car, until the duck race is over.”
Bracebridge Rotary fundraises for local parks, minor sports, events like Canada Day fireworks, the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Hospice Muskoka and to support local families in need.
Miller told the Legislature that “As life gets harder in Ontario under this government, communities and families rely more and more on service clubs and non-profit organizations for help”.
In February 2015, Wilson introduced private members resolution calling on the government to strike an all-party committee to investigate the legislative and regulatory barriers and burdens facing clubs. While the resolution passed with all party support, the government has not acted on it except to hold one day of hearings before the Standing Committee on Social Policy last fall.
Miller reminded the Minister of Government and Consumer Services that it has been more than six months since that committee hearing and demanded to know why she has done nothing to help local volunteers who are trying to raise money for worthy causes.