Kenora resident seeking PC nod
Randy Nickle will seek the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) nomination for the Kenora-Rainy River riding during a meeting set for Saturday in Dryden.
A long-time resident of Kenora, Nickle has been a business owner and volunteer in his community, and feels he has the qualities needed to assist the people of this region.
“That requires a serious work ethic and lots of common sense,” he stressed. “My wife and I believe we have been able to operate great businesses because we empower the teams of people that work with us and provide great customer service.
“I want our region to prosper,” Nickle added. “The PC party wants the province to prosper.
“Typically, governing parties have always provided extras for the ridings that have supported them,” he continued. “Each and every one of us have seen this over the years.
“Whether it is true or just a feeling, I do not want to take a chance with this any more in our riding,” he stressed.
“We need to have a representative sitting on the government that is in power.”
Nickle said despite the wealth of resources here, the region has been in an economic downturn for a very long time.
“We need an advocate at Queen’s Park who will find solutions working as part of the government,” he remarked.
“I know that so much is accomplished by putting a plan together and working towards a goal,” he explained.
“Kenora-Rainy River needs to be at the table making the plan for success and helping to implement it to solidify and grow jobs here.”
Nickle said his own children have had to move away to seek employment elsewhere.
“We don’t need to accept that we will forever send our children to Toronto or west,” he noted. “Our entire policy focus is to bring both jobs and prosperity back to Ontario.
“I want to be part of that team to get Ontario back on the road to prosperity, but more importantly the Kenora-Rainy River riding.”
Besides creating jobs in Northwestern Ontario, Nickle said another issue is that the region continues to feel alienated from the rest of the province.
“More importantly, we feel upset, disappointed, and alienated from the Liberal government and their ideas of what they think is right for us northerners,” he argued.
“This government feels the people from the north should belong to one big park land, yet they closed our tourism centres and even closed one of our provincial parks all without any discussion prior to their actions.”
Nickle said he understands the economic woes facing residents in the Fort Frances area following last Tuesday’s announcement from Resolute Forest Products, which will see the kraft mill and #5 paper machine here idled indefinitely by week’s end.
“This is a terrible blow to Fort Frances and, in particular, to the families of the 239 employees who have lost their jobs,” he remarked, adding it also will affect business and loggers.
“I have lived through this in Kenora and the impact of losses like this is tragic,” he stressed.
But Nickle indicated the northwest has many opportunities available to people given the wealth of resources here.
“If I was in the position, I would try to make sure that we would capitalize on the resources from the northwest,” he reasoned.
“We need the support of the Government of Ontario to diversify our economic bases. . . .
“We need to get northerners back to work, not in Alberta, not in construction camps far away, but back to work here in their hometowns,” he vowed.
The nomination meeting will be held this Saturday (Dec. 1) at 3 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel in Dryden.