Kingston and the Islands MPP given critic roles

Ted Hsu, MPP for Kingston and the Islands, at Queen’s Park during swearing-in ceremony. Photo via Ted Hsu’s office.

Kingston and the Islands Member of Provincial Parliament Ted Hsu was sworn in a Queen’s Park on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. At the ceremony, he thanked the people of Kingston and the Islands, for their support, and stated that he is ready to begin work immediately.

“I believe that, as citizens, we have a duty towards each other, to contribute to the welfare of the society which nurtured us,” Hsu stated after the ceremony. “Today, before my family, friends and God, I swore an oath of allegiance to the crown. The crown, our government, must be an instrument of this duty. As a Member of Provincial Parliament, I will be here, day in and day out, to stand up for the people of Ontario, to protect our democracy and to advance justice and prosperity for all Ontarians.”

Today, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, Hsu was named Ontario Liberal critic for:

  • Energy, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Citizenship and Multiculturalism

In a media release, Hsu addressed his new role as Energy, Mines, and Natural Resources and Forestry critic: “I very much look forward to taking on this critic role at this moment. Energy, mines, natural resources and forestry will be a central part of our economy as Ontario moves forward.

“My background as a scientist, financial executive, and environmental leader give me a unique perspective on these areas,” Hsu continued. “Economic sectors like automobile manufacturing, which need reliable and sustainable energy, as well as natural resources for key materials, are being reinvigorated in Ontario. The energy and resource sectors need support but economic needs must be balanced with careful appreciation of the needs of local communities and the environment.”

Hsu added that he looks forward to speaking with businesses and communities “to make the most of our resources with an eye on prosperity for all,” and hopes to create win-win policies over the next four years.

When addressing the Citizenship and Multiculturalism critic role, Hsu recognized that “Ontario can be doing more to make sure that there’s equal opportunity for all residents. At a time when there are labour shortages, we need all hands on deck and we need to treat all people with respect. At a time when people are trending toward division, we need to remember and promote community and our responsibilities towards each other to keep our society strong.”

Hsu concluded with a final reminder that, “although the Ontario Liberal caucus may be small, we are strong and nimble. Through our critic roles, we will be here to hold the Ford government to account to deliver for the people of Ontario.”

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