THUNDER BAY – POLITICS – The fallout over PC Leader Tim Hudak’s decision to skip Monday’s Northern Leaders’ Debate has generated a reaction from Thunder Bay Liberal MPPs Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle.
In 2011, when then Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty didn’t make the debate the Conservatives went on the attack calling the Premier’s move down
Today, Thunder Bay-Superior North Liberal candidate Michael Gravelle and Thunder Bay- Atikokan Liberal candidate Bill Mauro issued the following statement today:
“It is extremely disappointing to hear that PC Leader Tim Hudak has decided to skip Monday’s Northern debate in Thunder Bay.
“Northern Ontario has vast economic potential that comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Northerners deserve to hear from the leaders of all three parties on their plans to tackle the issues that matter to them the most.
“Tim Hudak claimed in 2011 that debating northern issues was critical, but by his actions today, he clearly didn’t mean it.
“The PCs and the NDP have already rejected a Liberal Plan that included a $1 billion investment in infrastructure in the Ring of Fire. Now, Northerners have serious questions about the reckless cuts Hudak is threatening, like firing 100,000 people including frontline workers across the North.
“Tim Hudak owes it to the people of Northern Ontario to face them directly.”
The PC Camp is stating that the leader had already planned a big event for Monday, but no one from the Progressive Conservatives will say what that event is.
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