THUNDER BAY — “Let’s hit the re-set button on this job killing act,” states Vic Fedeli the Progressive Conservative MP for Nippising. “Repealing this means that Ontario’s North is open for business.”
The provincial Progressive Conservatives are looking for changes to the Far North Act. Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, is calling “For Dalton McGuinty to undo his damaging, out-of-touch legislation and repeal Bill 191, also known as the Far North Act”. The Ontario PCs have opposed Bill 191 since its inception. During the provincial election the party promised to repeal it. Fedeli today, once again called on Dalton McGuinty to repeal this bad bill and instead focus on the fundamentals of job creation and a strong economy – competitive taxes, affordable energy and red tape reduction.
Fedeli is the former Mayor of North Bay, and recently was elected to the Ontario Legislature representing the Nipissing riding.
Fedeli points to the Ring of Fire as reason enough to repeal the Far North Act. “We would never have found the Ring of Fire,” the MPP stated. The investments and money being spent in the North is massive states Fedeli. “Flying into one mining camp during the election, I saw countless Blue and White canvas tents, which are made here in North Bay”.
The massive drill rods are manufactured across the north, the MPP adds.
Fedeli points to the Far North Act as a focal point that has soured relations between the North and the rest of Ontario. “Absolutely not one Northern First Nations leader, or Northern Mayor supports this legislation”.
“One year ago today, Dalton McGuinty rammed Bill 191 through the Legislature,” stated Fedeli, “In effect, roping off half of northern Ontario like a museum and banning the kind of development that would bring jobs back to the Northern communities that need them”. Fedeli commented that “Dalton McGuinty listens to southern Ontario special interests, families in the North have seen jobs disappear, new opportunities for investment squandered, and watched their grown children leave home in search of good paying and sustainable careers in the south or in other provinces”.
“I was sent to Queen’s Park to stand up for the needs of Northern families who have been ignored under eight years of Dalton McGuinty and his Southern Ontario special interests. My first order of business is to once again call for the repeal of the damaging and out-of-touch Bill 191,” stated Fedeli.