Premier Visits Bombardier Plant in Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today
highlighted the Ontario Liberal Plan to create and protect jobs in
Northern Ontario during a stop in Thunder Bay.
"Ontario Liberals are committed to a strong Northern economy with good
Northern Ontario jobs, including right here at Bombardier," said
McGuinty. "Our Ontario Liberal Plan is all about creating jobs and
strengthening Northern communities."
McGuinty made the comments at the Bombardier manufacturing plant, where
the Ontario government's commitment to GO Transit has meant purchases
of 150 new coaches between 2004 and 2011 and a recent purchase of 50
On Monday, Premier McGuinty announced that the Ontario Liberals will
expand GO train service to two-way, full-day service, on all corridors
— more than doubling the current number of coaches. All of which
supports good jobs for Ontario families living in Thunder Bay.
McGuinty, who was joined by Thunder Bay-Superior North candidate Mike
Gravelle and Thunder Bay-Atikokan candidate Bill Mauro, took the
opportunity to outline the Ontario Liberal Northern Platform, which
includes many elements to create jobs and further strengthen the
Supporting Northern jobs by increasing the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to $110 million and
increasing the number of jobs it supports
Protecting jobs by reducing industrial electricity rates by 25% through
the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program, which will be made
Keeping the North moving by improving Northern road, rail, and air links
Opening new mines — at least eight in the next 10 years
Investing in Northern brainpower with a new law school at Lakehead University
Attracting new investment and jobs with the development of the Ring of Fire
The Harris-Hudak PCs gutted transit and made a mess of GO Transit in
particular. First, they downloaded GO to the municipalities, then
uploaded it again. When Tim Hudak was Northern Development Minister in
that government, he helped the PCs download $3 billion in costs onto
cities and towns, causing 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 transit, education
and health care at risk.
The NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes and
impose a moratorium on development north of 51, which would kill the
Ring of Fire and destroy jobs in every Northern community.
Both opposition parties would take Ontario off track at the worst time.
"What we've accomplished in the North is nothing short of amazing," said
McGuinty. "But there is much more to do and Ontario Liberals have a
serious plan to keep building on the progress we've made, together."
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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