Last week, David Orazietti spoke to local media about the Steel Industry in Sault Ste. Marie. His comments at that meeting were both misleading and underwhelming.
It is well known that Bryan Hayes and the former Conservative Government maintained ongoing consultations with the Canadian Steel Industry. As a result of those consultations, the Canadian Steel Producers Association endorsed the Federal Conservative budget that already had a modernization of the trade remedy system built into it. David Orazietti knows this and now seems to be trying to take credit for that accomplishment by claiming it as his own.
Bryan Hayes and the late John Rowswell worked with Canada’s Conservative Trade Minister to push for a robust trade remedy system for Steel Dumping. Today, Orazietti’s Federal counterparts are now suggesting that they might not implement the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is the largest trade agreement ever negotiated. Without a trade agreement, there can be no trade remedy system.
David Orazietti knows this. He also knows that Bryan Hayes delivered $30 million in funding to support our Steel Industry in Sault Ste. Marie in the summer of 2015 because he was standing beside Hayes when the announcement was made. Has he completely forgotten about that? Both of these facts are at odds with Orazietti’s statement last week and we now call on him to set the record straight. He owes at least that to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie.
The Liberal government, whether at the Federal or Provincial level, have to raise taxes on business in order to pay for their outlandish spending plans that benefit Toronto, Montreal and other Southern cities instead of us here in Sault Ste. Marie. Add to that, $37 billion more for Ontario’s electricity and the high-tax policies of David Orazietti and Kathleen Wynne, there is little wonder why businesses are having a difficult time in Northern Ontario.
David Orazietti has done everything in his power to make operating a business in Northern Ontario the most expensive it can possibly be. Business are moving away from our community and closing. His governments tax and spend policies and the massive $300 Billion deficit that they have created are having a negative impact on the people of Sault Ste Marie and that seems to confuse him. Instead of taking responsibility for this, he points the finger at the former Conservative Government.
A website sounds nice, but if Orazietti really cares about our Steel Industry and the overall economy in Northern Ontario he needs to do the right thing. He needs to help lower business taxes, cancel the tax-grab ORPP that comes into effect in 2017 and lower our electricity and transportation costs. Otherwise businesses will continue to shut their doors, and all we will be left with is Orazietti’s finger pointing.