Tory candidate says things are better than 4 years ago - and admits Tory wouldn't help forest sector

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - John Tory continues his 'down on
Ontario' tour in Thunder Bay today, where he will be down on the Northern
economy and the forest industry.
    But his local candidate Rebecca Johnson (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) says
things are better than they were four years ago under the Conservatives, and
admits that Tory wouldn't help with the challenges faced.
    Johnson told TVO's The Agenda (September 24) that the forest industry
would be no better off under a Conservative government led by Tory:

        Steve Paikin: "Are you saying they these forestry jobs would not be
        disappearing if you were in power?"

        Rebecca Johnson: "No, I don't know that they would, I think there's
        no question that the forest sector will right size itself, that's
        inevitable. Will all these mills reopen, no, they won't. I think
        that's a given and I think that people of Northwestern Ontario
        understand that."

    And Johnson admitted that health care in Northern Ontario is better today
than it was four years ago under the Conservatives:

        Steve Paikin: "Is it better right now than it was four years ago?"

        Rebecca Johnson: "We're better."

    Johnson went on to praise the work the McGuinty Liberals have done to
invest in health care and research and innovation in Northern Ontario:

        "I certainly think that there's some new pockets of development here
        and that's in our whole health sector. We're looking at the fact that
        we have a new hospital medical school, and a new cancer research
        (centre) that is an opportunity that brings people back here... the
        whole area of R&D is crucially important to our future."

For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,

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