THUNDER BAY – The NDP candidates are positive that Andrea Horwath won today’s Northern Leaders Debate. The PC team is positive that Tim Hudak won the debate. The Liberals online on Twitter have been attacking the Northern Leaders Debate.
Kenora Rainy-River PC candidate Rod McKay states he was pleased with PC leader Tim Hudak’s performance at the Northern Leaders Debate in Thunder Bay today.
“Only Tim Hudak has real, meaningful commitments to Northerns,” said McKay. “Only Tim Hudak is committed to immediate hydro and home heating relief for Northerners. With the NDP you have to wait for years. Only Tim Hudak promised to scrap the Far North Act – an act that puts 50% of Northern Ontario off limits to jobs. The NDP want to replace the act with the Far North Act junior. And only Tim Hudak committed to giving Northern municipalities their fair share of gas tax revenue for infrastructure.”
McKay noted the absence of Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty. “While it is disappointing that McGuinty didn’t show up, it’s not really a surprise, given that he released his Northern policy platform from Toronto, and this is just one more example of how he doesn’t care about the North or Northerners,” commented McKay.
NDP candidates, Steve Mantis for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Mary Kozorys for Thunder Bay-Atikokan said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath won the debate today by showing respect for the North, putting Northerners and their families first. “Andrea put Northern Ontario first in today’s Northern debate and showed the NDP has a clear achievable plan of action to make life affordable and increase healthcare services for the North,” said Mary Kozorys.
Andrea Horwath said it is time for change that respects the North that gives Northern communities more control over resources and ensures resources that come from the North are processed in the North.
“While McGuinty skipped the Northern debate today and Hudak showed he will continue down the same road of job losses, Andrea has a vision for the North that respects Northern decision making and communities and puts Northerners first to create and protect jobs,” Mantis said.