THUNDER BAY – This morning, in his first call with Northern media since becoming Ontario PC Leader, Doug Ford reiterated his commitment to being a strong voice for the North. “There is nowhere I love visiting more than the North. But under Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals, the North has been ignored,” said Ford. “Families in Northern Ontario are ready for change, and the Ontario PCs are going to be the ones to bring it.”
In his remarks Ford touched on making the North open for business, building roads to the Ring of Fire, and addressing hospital overcrowding and wait times.
Ford told the journalists on the call that what is needed in the Ring of Fire is action. He promised that if it comes down to it, he will get on a bulldozer, or grab a shovel and start making it happen.
Ford promises to bring change to Ontario, and with Vic Fedeli on the call, promised to listen to the concerns of northerners, and to act.
“I have always stood up for the little guy, and today, I want the little guy to know there’s hope,” said Ford. “The Ontario PC Party is strong and united, with one goal in mind – sending the Wynne Liberals packing.”
“My message today is clear: Northern Ontario can count on the Ontario PCs,” said Ford. “Under a PC government, Northern Ontario will have a strong voice. The region will have a say in every decision made at Queen’s Park.”
In Northwestern Ontario, the Progressive Conservatives have nominated Greg Rickford in Kenora, Chief Clifford Bull in the newly created riding of Kiiwetinoong, and Derek Parks in Thunder Bay-Superior North. There is a contested nomination race in Thunder Bay Atikokan, with Maureen Comuzzi and Brandon Postuma.
Full coverage of the conference call will be available on the NetNewsLedger Youtube and Daily Motion channels.