An NDP government under Tom Mulcair will get the Northern Ontario economy moving again with a focus on investment in key sectors and making life better for northern families, says Sault Ste. Marie NDP candidate Skip Morrison.
“Under Stephen Harper, we lost 10,000 jobs in Northeastern Ontario over the past year alone,” said Morrison, who joined other NDP candidates at the platform launch today. “An NDP government will invest in strengthening our northern economy and creating good sustainable jobs in our communities. Together with a strong NDP Team I will make sure the concerns of people in Sault Ste. Marie are heard in Ottawa.”
With a plan geared specifically to Northern Ontario, an NDP government will:
· Upgrade FedNor to a full standalone regional economic agency and increase its funding by $12.6 million;
· Support manufacturing jobs in Northern Ontario and introduce an Innovation Tax Credit to boost R&D investment and advanced manufacturing;
· Restore protection to lakes, rivers and streams under the Navigable Waters Protection Act;
· Fix the Nutrition North food subsidy program by immediately including the 25 fly-in communities in Northern Ontario that have been unfairly excluded, and
· Improve critical First Nations infrastructure such as schools, drinking water facilities, roads and other essential services, starting with new investments of $447 million over four years.
“A safe community is one where the roads and bridges are sound, railways are properly inspected and maintained, and where you can drink water out of the tap,” said Morrison. “That’s what we want for Sault Ste. Marie and all of Northern Ontario.”