THUNDER BAY – “What we’ve achieved together with Northern Ontarians in the past eight years is nothing short of amazing,” enthuses Michael Gravelle, the Liberal candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North. “Today, we’re building new hospitals, training more doctors, expanding broadband high-speed internet to remote communities, and providing our youngest with the best possible start through full-day kindergarten. We’re on track. But there is more to do.”
Gravelle put the New Democrats in his sights yesterday. “The NDP plan to impose a moratorium on development north of 51 would kill the Ring of Fire and destroy jobs in every Northern community. I can think of nothing more ill informed or reckless than Andrea Horwath’s job-killing plan,” said Gravelle. “It couldn’t be more clear that Andrea Horwath’s NDP neither understands or cares about Northern jobs.”
“The Ontario Liberal platform for Northern Ontario, entitled, ‘Forward. Together’ is a plan to help Northern Ontario families meet the challenges we face as we emerge from the global recession,” is the message from the Liberals.
Some of the key elements of the plan for Northern Ontario include:
- Making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program permanent.
- Increasing the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to $110 million and increasing the number of jobs created to 4,000 a year;
- Opening at least eight new mines in the next 10 years;
- Driving the development in the Ring of Fire to support the creation of jobs;
- Providing more family health care for underserviced areas; and
- Streamlining administration of the Northern Health Travel Grant to improve response times and let Northerners apply online.
“I am very proud of the level of investment that has come to Northern Ontario in the past eight years,” added Bill Mauro, the Liberal candidate for Thunder Bay- Atikokan. “The interests of Northern Ontario have never had a higher profile or received more attention than under our Government, and the evidence is all around us”.
“These are uncertain times for the global economy. These are challenging times for our families. This is our plan to help. This is our way forward, together,” Anthony Leek, Liberal candidate for Kenora-Rainy River said.