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Committee of northern MPPs eyed

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.

Liberals to blame for job losses

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.

NDP caucus holds all-day meeting

“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.

LHIN review sought

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.

Hampton slams shuffle

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.