Today, Liberal candidate David Orazietti welcomed support from the leadership of local unions for the Ontario Liberal plan for job creation.
“A key part of our economic plan involves investing $130 billion over ten years to build new infrastructure and create new jobs,” said Orazietti. “Our plan will keep Sault Ste. Marie working and moving forward while renewing and upgrading our roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.”
The Ontario Liberals infrastructure plan includes a $29 billion dedicated fund for transportation infrastructure, which would support the four-laning of Highway 17, as well as $11.4 billion for major hospital expansion or redevelopment and $11 billion in new schools and repairs. Province-wide, the Liberal infrastructure plan will support 110,000 jobs each year.
“David is an effective representative for the interests of workers in our city and has succeeded in securing many local infrastructure projects for Sault Ste. Marie that keep people working and benefit the community as a whole. It is important that we elect a representative who will advocate for further investments in our city and David is the right person for that job.” – Wayne Scott, Business Manager, Labourers International Union of North America Local 1036
“The Liberal plan to invest $130 billion in public infrastructure will help to drive economic growth in Northern communities by creating good jobs over the next ten years. We need to support a government that supports the economic success of our cities, and David has proven himself to be an effective advocate for provincial investments in Sault Ste. Marie.” – Tom Cardinal, Area Manager, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2486
“Working in the construction industry I have frequent interaction with the provincial government and its agencies. David is always recognized through these contacts as being an energetic champion of his Sault Ste. Marie riding. The construction industry is a vital part of the economy of Ontario. David and the Ontario Liberal party are recognized for working very hard to be even handed with both workers and management to keep this sector of the economy strong. Hudak’s unbelievable campaign slogan of a “Million jobs” and his “Right to work for less” policy that he no longer has the courage to talk about openly, will hurt the workers, the families and the economy of this province beyond imagination.” – Norm Pascall, Business Agent, Plumbers and Pipefitters UA Local 800
“David Orazietti has been a strong advocate for provincial investments and Sault Ste. Marie, and the Liberal plan to invest an additional $130 billion over ten years will ensure that our city continues to prosper. The Liberal infrastructure plan will create quality jobs in our city and support important upgrades to infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and schools.” – James Micks, Business Representative, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1904
Ontario Liberals are also committed to the following initiatives to support jobs and the economy:
- $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to strengthen Ontario’s ability to attract business investments and support quality, well-paying jobs
- $295 million for the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy to support skills and training
- Maintaining the Northern Industrial Energy Rate Program (NIERP), an important electricity cost savings program helping companies like Essar Steel Algoma, Tenaris Tubes and Flakeboard Ltd.
- $100 million in annual funding for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support local job creation
- $1 billion for the development of all-season infrastructure in the Ring of Fire
“Our party has delivered new infrastructure and improved public services year after year for Sault residents,” said Orazietti. “With the PC’s promising to cut public services and layoff nearly 1400 workers in our city, and the unemployment rate hitting 19% under former NDP representation, its clear our party has the strongest plan to move Sault Ste. Marie forward.”