Ontario Liberal Plan Delivering Jobs In Northern Ontario

Essar Steel Algoma Strengthening The Chain Of A Clean-Energy Economy

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Only the Ontario Liberals are committed to building a clean-energy economy — a plan that is creating jobs for families in Northern Ontario.

"Building Ontario wind turbines with Northern Ontario steel is a great example of how our new clean-energy economy is working — reaching all corners of Ontario to deliver good jobs for families and making us more competitive," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The Premier made his remarks following a tour of Essar Steel Algoma — the largest employer in Sault Ste. Marie. The company manufactures 100 per cent made-in-Ontario steel that is being used to build wind towers for turbines. This is supporting jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and a direct result of the Ontario Liberal commitment to a clean-energy economy.

Thanks to the Ontario Liberal Green Energy Act, Essar Steel Algoma has seen increased demand for their product. They're getting orders from companies like Vestas, CS Wind and International Power Canada to supply steel for wind projects throughout Ontario. That's great news for workers and their families in Sault Ste. Marie.

"We're the number-one producer of cars in North America because, not only do we build the best cars, we build the best parts. Now we're doing the same thing in clean-energy," McGuinty said. "Our clean-energy economy is attracting new investments, and our workers are building the best materials to support it."

"Our leading-edge renewable energy strategy is transforming Sault Ste. Marie into the green energy capital of North America and building a stronger, more diversified economy by supporting jobs at Essar Steel Algoma and creating high quality, well-paying jobs at new companies, such as Heliene Canada solar panel manufacturing plant," said Liberal candidate David Orazietti. "In addition to positioning the Sault at the forefront of the rapidly growing clean energy economy, the Ontario Liberal plan builds on the environmental protections that are improving public health as we continue to close coal-fired power generators."

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. When Tim Hudak was Northern Development Minister in the Mike Harris government, he helped the PCs download $3 billion in costs onto cities and towns, causing property tax hikes and massive cuts to public services.

The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes, eliminating these green jobs. They would impose a moratorium on development north of 51, which would kill the Ring of Fire and destroy jobs in every Northern community. Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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