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Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker ranked as top speaker in 2016 with 127,965 words spoken during the past year at Queen’s Park, according to final tallies from aggregator OntarioMonitor .
He is followed by NDP MPPs France Gélinas and Peter Tabuns who came in second and third place respectively.
“The reasons I speak as often as I do and do my best to deliver my constituents’ message into any debate at Queen’s Park are that I like to speak my mind and I take my responsibility to be a voice for the 107,000 constituents I have the privilege of representing very seriously,” says MPP Walker.
Some of the key issues he most frequently debated over the past year were rising hydro rates, education funding and special education cuts, reduced access to health care, lack of long-term care beds for seniors and growing debt.
“Each one of these issues is a marked contrast for the Liberal government with regard to what they promised to deliver and what they have actually done over their past 13 years in powers,” MPP Walker says. “They have changed leaders, yet problems with their leadership and trust persist. My constituents have lost confidence and strongly believe it’s time for a big change in Ontario.”
MPP Walker credits his open-door policy for the very steady feedback he receives from his constituents, and almost all of which find their way into debates at Queen’s Park.
"I like to think of my debate style as straightforward. It’s my job to hold the government accountable and when I’m challenging the current government, I like to ask the hard questions and stick to facts and figures rather than rhetoric,” MPP Walker explains.
With an average of 180 words per minute, MPP Walker is also known as one representative in the Legislature who gets in more words in the same amount of time than most of his colleagues.
“It’s true that my delivery is at times rapid – but that’s part my auctioneering skill and the passion I bring to issues that are important to the people I’mhonoured to represent in the great riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.”
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017