BROCKVILLE – Local MPP Steve Clark is lauding the Liberal government’s decision to change its mind about shutting down eight TVOntario transmitters.
Two of those were in Ottawa and Cloyne, which reached into Leeds-Grenville. The others are in Belleville, Thunder Bay, Chatham, Kitchener, London and Windsor.
“I’m pleased that the Wynne government and TVOntario have acted on the outcry from the residents of Leeds-Grenville and Ontarians across the province by reversing this short-sighted decision,” Clark said in a news release Friday.
In a letter to Education Minister Mitzie Hunter earlier this month, Clark had highlighted all provincial taxpayers contribute $40 million to TVO and that it should be accessible for all – including via an over-the-air signal.
Clark had also argued the move by the public broadcaster would hurt families where internet and cable television are a luxury.
While it’s a victory, Clark believes it shows the Liberal government doesn’t understand life outside the Greater Toronto Area.