Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski says the province’s decision not to bring in regular pumping of septic systems is proof the system works.

Yakabuski says it was because of public backlash that the ministry didn’t impose new rules which would have had high costs associated with it for rural residents.

He says the system isn’t perfect, but you can help to pressure government to make the right decisions.

Yakabuski says pressuring government to make good decisions starts on the ground level.

It’s a message being echoed by local municipal leaders who are attempting to fight increases in hydro rates, looking for a better share of the provincial gas tax and better grant-funding.