Kenora – NDP Candidate Says Lost Forestry Jobs a Failure by Liberals

Kenora Harbour - MV Kenora
Kenora Harbour - MV Kenora

KENORA – Today, NDP candidate Rudy Turtle (Kenora) condemned the failure of Trudeau’s Liberals to stand up for workers in the lumber industry in Kenora. Yesterday the Kenora Forest Products announced the temporary curtailment of operation at the local sawmill, resulting in 115 people losing their jobs.

“The lumber industry is critically important to Kenora families and my thoughts are with the people impacted by these layoffs,’’ said Turtle. “Our lumber industry is hurting because the Liberals have not stood up to Donald Trump to defend our workers. That is not how you show leadership. The NDP puts workers at the heart of every decision, every time. For far too long, Liberal and Conservative governments have worked for the interests of rich corporations instead of protecting workers’ rights and job security. It is time for Kenora to have someone on their side in Ottawa and at the negotiating table, who will stand up for workers and their families.”

“An NDP government will fight to get tariffs removed and get the forestry industry back on its feet with investments in innovation and supporting exports,’’ added Turtle. “We know this is people’s livelihoods. We are on your side.’’

A spokesperson for the Bob Nault campaign responds, “We know there are workers in the forest industry in northern Ontario who are facing hard times. Their families and their communities also feel the burden of the downturn in the sector. They, like middle-class Canadians across the country, want certainty for their future, and the future of their kids.

“We will always stand firmly behind them, their families and communities during what we know is a very challenging time. That means working closely with them and impacted mills to ensure they have the key services and supports they need”.
“Where the Conservatives have a record of cuts, we have invested; where they stepped back, we have stepped up to vigorously defend and advocate for our forest sector. The challenges facing the sector have no simple solutions, but our resolve to support these communities, industry and other partners in order to do so, remain steadfast”.