THUNDER BAY- POLITICS –“I’m proud to call Northwestern Ontario home,” said Andrews Foulds the New Democrat candidate for Thunder Bay Superior North. “I will continue to speak to and listen to the residents of my entire riding throughout the election campaign, and after my election as Thunder Bay- Superior North’s new representative in Ottawa. Our region deserves better than it has received from the Harper Conservatives – the NDP will help build a strong Northwestern Ontario for all the residents of this vast, and vital, area.”
Foulds was discussing the NDP platform and how it will work for the region today during a special Day of Action held in Red Rock.
During the annual Live from the Rock Folk Festival, which draws residents from around Northwestern Ontario, Foulds and members of his New Democrats campaign team talked about key regional issues with those who call Northwestern Ontario home.
“Thunder Bay-Superior North is a very large riding, and is home to about 80,000 people,” Foulds said. “My intention – and the NDP’s intention – is to make sure these residents are heard during the election campaign.”
Foulds commented, “The issues faced by the region are unique – the distances between communities are vast, and infrastructure often neglected and crumbling. This puts undue pressure on remote communities who depend on those roads for delivery of food and other supplies, as well as transportation to larger centres for medical care and connections with family. Some remote First Nations communities, Foulds noted, are only currently accessible by winter road or air”.
“An NDP government would offer continued and consistent investment in infrastructure – including the roads that connect our Northern communities,” Foulds said. “Cities like Thunder Bay and Red Rock would benefit from these infrastructure investments, as well as the transit funding the NDP has pledged to help cities ease gridlock and improve public transportation systems.
Foulds promises, “If elected as Canada’s next government, the NDP has pledged $1.5 billion in new annual funding for Canadian communities for core infrastructure like local roads and water treatment facilities. The NDP will also increase the gas tax funding to $3.7 billion by the end of its first term”.
“The NDP will also continue to pursue responsible, collaborative and environmentally- and culturally- conscious development in the Ring of Fire, which would create good jobs and boost the economy of not only Northwestern Ontario, but all of Canada,” concluded Foulds.
Andrew Foulds is currently serving his third term as Thunder Bay City Councillor for Current River Ward. He teaches science and civics at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.