KENORA – “Jobs are here in Northwestern Ontario,” states Kenora MP and Minister for Science and Technology Greg Rickford. “You can see the difference,” commented Minister Rickford. The Minister pointed to mills re-opening, new jobs in mining, and opportunities for Aboriginal youth through initiatives like the Ring of Fire Training Alliance.
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, and FedNor, and Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire, was in Kenora Friday meeting with local stakeholders to discuss the 2013 Speech from the Throne and the opportunities for Northern Ontario and for the entire country.
“Our Government will deliver on the commitments made in the Speech from the Throne by creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians, supporting and protecting Canadian families, and putting Canada first,” said Minister Rickford.
“This is Canada’s moment – together we will help ensure a more prosperous and safe future for all Canadians.”
Rickford met with local community and business leaders after attending the reading of the Speech from the Throne which opened the second session of the 41st Parliament and outlined the Government’s agenda.
“Thanks to our Government’s ambitious agenda over the last seven years, Canada now leads the G-7 in terms of job creation, income growth and low debt levels,” commented Rickford.
“This is an historic moment for Canada as we are set to implement several measures that will continue to grow Canada’s economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians.” Natural resources – a pillar of Northern Ontario’s economy – were a key focus of the Speech from the Throne with specific commitments relating to mining and forestry.
The Minister stated, “The Government of Canada acknowledges that future prosperity for our country depends on responsible development of our natural resources.”
“Our Government will ensure that the jobs and opportunities brought by Canada’s natural wealth are available to all Canadians; in particular, Canada’s Aboriginal peoples who will have every opportunity to benefit.” “Creating jobs and securing economic growth is and will remain our Government’s top priority,” explained Rickford. “We will continue to create the right conditions for job creation, to benefit all Canadians across all sectors of the economy.”