Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, President and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services Lance Thurston and Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen pose inside Markdale Hospital.
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Grey Highlands on Saturday, February 2, accompanied by Mayor Paul McQueen and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. The Ontario Premier toured Markdale hospital following an appearance at the Wiarton Willie Festival earlier in the day.
During his visit, Ford praised the local community and thanked them for their dedication to creating a new facility.
Bill Walker, the Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services, acknowledged to the Premier that $13 million has been raised by the people of the community for the new hospital.
“Let's get the shovels out, let's get ‘er done!" responded Ford.
The Premier continued his visit with a trip to Grey Gables. The recent decision of Grey County Council to keep the facility under County ownership was a focus for the Premier during a tour of the long term care facility. During the discussion, the County's pending application for a minimum of 90 new LTC beds was also revealed.
Once again, the premier responded positively. “Get your application in," said Ford, adding, "...let’s get the shovels ready."
Also on Saturday but separate from Ford's impromptu visit, South Grey Museum reopened it's doors in Flesherton. Curator Robert Iantorno, Community Development Director Michele Harris and team celebrated a fresh look for the local attraction. Famous women from the area were prominently displayed, including Agnes MacPhail and Nelle McClung.
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