(KEMPTVILLE) – After leaving residents of North Grenville in limbo for nine months, the Wynne government finally did the right thing today by taking the closure of Kemptville’s Service Ontario Centre off the table, said Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.
“It’s about time the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services joined the thousands in our community and said ‘No to the close.’ This is great news for the local employees and everyone who relies on this important service,” said Clark. “I want to thank the residents of North Grenville, members of council and the organizers of the ‘Say No to the Close’ campaign for their tremendous support.”
Clark said the victory is the result of the overwhelming outcry from the community, which included rallies and his petition signed by more than 10,000 people in the weeks after the closure was announced in May 2016.
“It was a remarkable community effort, ensuring our voice was heard loud and clear by this government. With today’s announcement, we can definitely say they listened,” said Clark.
The closure was originally to take effect this month, but in response to the public’s outcry the government announced in June that the Kemptville closure was being put on hold.
While welcoming the news, Clark expressed disappointment the Kemptville office was included on the list of closures in the first place.
“The recent Census data confirmed what I’ve been telling the ministry all along, North Grenville is the fastest-growing community in our region. The government should be looking at expanding services, not eliminating them,” said Clark.
“Any reasonable person knew the government was making a huge mistake by announcing the Kemptville Service Ontario Centre was closing. My only disappointment today is that it took nine months for the government to correct it.”