KENORA – Kenora federal MP Eric Melillo sent a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, inviting him to visit the Kenora riding as part of the 2020 pre-budget consultations.
In the letter, MP Melillo briefed Minister Morneau on the opportunities and challenges facing Kenora’s natural resource industries, adding that leveraging the potential of the Ring of Fire and developing an action plan for the forestry sector should be prioritized in the 2020 budget.
He also invited the Minister to meet with local entrepreneurs and First Nations leaders to hear firsthand about the issues facing them.
“I believe Minister Morneau would benefit from the opportunity to speak directly to workers, job creators, and community leaders in the Kenora riding,” Melillo stated.
The Kenora riding has a diverse resource-based economy that includes mining and forestry, as well as tourism. Residents and business owners in the riding face unique challenges related to infrastructure, internet access, and availability of services.
“I have heard from many constituents across my riding that they have felt forgotten by this government,” Melillo concluded in his letter. “I hope you will take this opportunity to hear what they have to say.”