TORONTO–Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Aboriginal Affairs critic Sarah Campbell, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, last week issued the following statement on the re-election of Shawn Atleo as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN):
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Timiskaming-Cochrane NDP MPP John Vanthof will table a motion in the Ontario legislature on Monday calling for the creation of a new legislative committee that would be made up of northern MPPs.
“For too long, the Ontario legislature hasn’t responded to the issues and challenges facing the north,” said Vanthof.
NDP natural resources critic Sarah Campbell said the McGuinty government should be held accountable for the loss of jobs in the forestry industry in Northern Ontario.
Terrace Bay Pulp, of the Buchanan group of companies, is now for sale following a three-month suspension of operations, which makes it unlikely for the company to re-open at the end of January as initially announced.
Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha charged last week that the Northern Growth Plan has failed to address the real needs of Northern Ontario.
The plan calls for the creation of “hubs” to promote development, but Sudbury and Thunder Bay are the only cities designated as such.
“Voters in Kenora-Rainy River decided on election day to ask me to help deliver the change they want to see in Ontario, and I’m ready to take on that challenge,” vowed Sarah Campbell, the NDP’s new MPP for Kenora-Rainy River.
“I’ve spent this election campaign focused on the issues that matter to everyday people in this riding,” she noted.
Local MPP Howard Hampton says the McGuinty Liberals’ decision to scrap the “Grow Bonds” program they created is proof they have no plan to help families in Northern Ontario.
In 2003, the McGuinty Liberals said grow bonds would help the north.
On Monday in the legislature, Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas asked the attorney general why he has allowed aboriginals to be excluded from jury rolls in Northern Ontario.
The question came on the heels of another dismissal of a pool of jurors in Thunder Bay due to lack of aboriginal presence.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath has called for a moratorium on hospital restructuring until a full-scale review of the province’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) following a new damning report by Ontario’s Ombudsman.
Premier Dalton McGuinty’s latest cabinet shuffle leaves Northern Ontario MPPs out in the cold as important decisions about the north continue to be made in Toronto, said Kenora-Rainy River NDP MPP Howard Hampton.
“From the HST on gasoline and home heating to [Monday’s] cabinet shuffle, it’s clear that Northern Ontario just isn’t on McGuinty’s radar,” Hampton charged.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Howard Hampton issued the following statement in the Ontario legislature on the McGuinty Liberal government’s response to Greyhound bus services crisis in Northwestern Ontario.
Here’s the transcript from Hansard: