QUEEN’S PARK – Patrick Brown, Leader of the Ontario PC Party, has asked Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, to take on an expanded role and serve as critic for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry while continuing as critic for Northern Development and Mines.
Miller will share responsibility for Northern Development and Mines with newly-elected Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano who will serve as critic for Northern Jobs and the Ring of Fire.
“I am honoured that Patrick Brown has entrusted me to represent the stakeholders of MNR&F and I am pleased that I will continue to represent the North,” said Miller. “Ross is a great addition to our caucus and I look forward to working with him to voice the concerns of Northern Ontarians and hold the government’s feet to the fire – the Ring of Fire.”
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is responsible for a wide range of government initiatives including overseeing conservation authorities, managing provincial parks and crown land, supporting Ontario’s forestry industry, managing aggregates, issuing hunting and fishing licences and supporting Ontario’s hunting and fishing sector, wildlife management and minimizing the effect of invasive species.
“The Wynne Government and Minister Kathryn McGarry seem to have abandoned many of the people impacted by MNR&F policies and I look forward to making sure their concerns are heard,” said Miller.
In his first act as critic, Miller launched a petition asking the Ontario Legislature to have the Auditor General conduct a value for money audit of the Special Purpose Account where hunting and fishing licence fees and fines are kept.
“These fees and fines are required by legislation to be kept in a separate account and reinvested into wildlife management and to improve fishing and hunting in Ontario,” said Miller. “But according to reports this government uses the fees for other purposes such as to renovate rental office space. The hunters and anglers who pay these fees deserve to know how their money is being spent.”