Paths To Prosperity: Respect For Rural Ontario


Jeff Yurek MPPST THOMAS – It’s time to recognize the vital role our agricultural sector plays in the functioning of our Ontario’s economy. Ensuring the agricultural sector thrives will help this province lead Canada in job creation said Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek.

Yurek made the comments following the launch of the latest Paths to Prosperity policy paper: Respect for Rural Ontario. This is the 12th policy paper aimed at strengthening Ontario’s economy.

“Agriculture forms the foundation for our overall economy,” said Yurek. “This sector has been a mainstay of job creation.”
Yurek noted that 10 years of Toronto centric policies have treated farming and rural Ontario like a relic of the 19th century. Red tape and high energy costs have taken a toll on the agriculture community.

“Modern farming and food processing are sophisticated industries with the potential to create jobs not just in rural Ontario but urban centres like the GTA.

“I reject the current government’s approach that has created the rural-urban divide we see today. Agriculture not only employs people in rural communities, it creates thousands of urban jobs in sectors like food processing.”

Yurek noted that the most recent blunder to cancel the Slots at Raceways program is indicative of the current government’s disregard for rural Ontario.

“Not only has horse-racing been a cultural symbol of rural Ontario for decades, it employs 60,000 people both directly and indirectly. Yet the government has decided to push it aside in favour of big international casino corporations.”

The PC Party has committed to cancelling the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s plan to abandon racetrack slots and spend money on new casinos. It will instead build partnerships that allow horse tracks to purchase licences to operate slots. This will save the horse industry and provide a good return for the taxpayer.

“It’s clear that we must reverse course on 10 years of policy that has favoured Toronto bureaucrats while neglecting our rural communities. By creating an environment that acknowledges the economic potential of rural Ontario, we can create jobs and drive our economy forward.”

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Jeff Yurek MPP

Jeff Yurek MPP

Born and raised in St. Thomas Jeff followed in his father’s footsteps and enrolled in the Pharmacy Program at the University of Toronto. Upon graduating the program in 1995, Jeff went to work at the pharmacy started by his father in 1963 eventually becoming co-owner with his brother. In this capacity, he continued to build on the Yurek Pharmacy’s sterling reputation and expanded the business into the home health care sector. His experience in pharmacy also led him to accept a position as a teaching associate with the University of Toronto’s Structured Practical Experience Program (SPEP).

Despite the busy schedule that comes from running a small business, Jeff has always remained very involved in his community. Jeff has been a dedicated member of both the Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club. He has also served as the President of the Alzheimer’s Society.

In October 2011, after a long year which included a highly contested nomination process and an eventful election, Mr. Yurek was elected as the provincial representative for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London. Jeff’s decision to run was largely motivated by his desire to improve the province for the sake of his daughter. Being apart of the healthcare sector, Jeff is also passionate about advocating the improvement of healthcare inOntario.

Coming from a large family, Jeff understands the importance of spending quality time with his own. Despite the frenzied schedule of the legislature, Jeff’s most important priority is his daughter Maggie and wife Jenn.

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