Dilkens Sees Chatham-Kent- Leamington MPP Nicholls As An Ally

Windsor's Mayor has optimism after the election of a PC majority government.

Drew Dilkens believes the MPP in Chatham-Kent-Leamington will be an asset to the Windsor Essex area.

And he says returning MPPs like Percy Hatfield have shown they can get things done even if they aren't in government.

Dilkens told AM800 listeners on the Lynn Martin Show, the election of Doug Ford was no surprise to him.

"The NDP were probably seen as Liberal plus in terms of their spending. Everything was going to be free, but we all know that it's not all free we all have to pay somehow for all of these services.  So people in the province of Ontario said we're going to go with the PCs and move that pendulum back"  

Dilkens says former Conservative MP Jeff Watson set a precedent.

"We were able to work with Jeff and get a voice at the table, to some extent anyway with Jeff. He helped us with the Paul Martin Building and he helped Eddie Francis with other issues and so that was very, very useful.  I think the same thing this time around with Rick Nicholls out in Leamington we'll still have a voice there we can reach out to"

Dilkens believes he has a good relationship with Rick Nicholls.

"He's a good man and certainly very willing to help, his heart is in the right place and he's doing this job for the right reasons.  So I've already reached out to him congratulated him and I would anticipate as issues arise, any issues we need to raise to the provincial government level I'll be on the phone with Rick very frequently"

Dilkens says he's not surprised Hatfield was returned with as large a majority as he was.