A Plan To Build A Strong Northern Ontario
THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals' new election
platform will mean real, measurable progress for Northern Ontario
"What we've achieved together with Northern Ontarians in the past eight
years is nothing short of amazing," Michael Gravelle, Liberal candidate
for Thunder Bay-Superior North said. "Today, we're building new
hospitals, training more doctors, expanding broadband high-speed
internet to remote communities, and providing our youngest with the
best possible start through full-day kindergarten. We're on track. But
there is more to do."
The Ontario Liberal platform for Northern Ontario, entitled, "Forward.
Together. " is a plan to help Northern Ontario families meet the
challenges we face as we emerge from the global recession.
Some of the key elements of the plan for Northern Ontario include:
Making the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program permanent.
Increasing the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to $110 million and
increasing the number of jobs created to 4,000 a year;
Opening at least eight new mines in the next 10 years;
Driving the development in the Ring of Fire to support the creation of
Providing more family health care for underserviced areas; and
Streamlining administration of the Northern Health Travel Grant to
improve response times and let Northerners apply online.
"These are uncertain times for the global economy. These are
challenging times for our families. This is our plan to help. This is
our way forward, together," said Gravelle.
The Hudak PCs' record is disastrous. When Tim Hudak was Northern
Development Minister in the Mike Harris government, he helped the PCs
download $3 billion onto cities and towns, triggering property tax
hikes and massive cuts to public services.
Today, the Hudak PCs have a $14 billion hole in their platform — that
means deep cuts that will put our economy, education and health care at
risk. The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in
job-killing taxes. Both would take Ontario off track at the worst
The full Northern platform is available at www.theontarioway.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
For further information:
Northern Media Relations
Ontario Liberal Campaign
416 961-3800 ext. 337