STOP THE MOVE OF THE PROVINCIAL OFFENCES COURT FROM MINDEN TO LINDSAY



TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

WHEREAS the Ministry of the Attorney General has announced it is closing the Provincial Offences Court in the Town of Minden; and

WHEREAS closing the Court in Minden would render justice inaccessible for many residents in the County who do not have reliable access to transportation to travel to Lindsay; and

WHEREAS the government did not consult with the County of Haliburton to support this decision; and

WHEREAS the Ontario Provincial Police will incur overtime and travelling costs which will result in higher taxes passed directly onto our taxpayers; and

WHEREAS the courts have a positive effect on the economy of the County of Haliburton and closing the courthouse will divert money out of town,

THEREFORE, we the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: that the Minister of the Attorney General immediately reverse the decision to move the Minden Provincial Offences Court to Lindsay from the period of July 1st, 2017 to July 1st, 2018 and ensure that residents in the County of Haliburton have access to justice in their own community.