The following statement was issued by Ross Romano, Sault Ste. Marie MPP
Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government continue to ignore Northern Ontario voices in an important decision making process.
A Legislative committee yesterday headed by Liberal MPP Lou Rinaldi voted down a motion that would have required the Ontario Municipal Board to guarantee Northern representation when dealing with appeals. Rinaldi, as you might recall, recently made headlines when he called Northern Ontario a “No Man’s Land”.
In response to MPP Rinaldi’s comments, MPP Ross Romano extended an invitation to the member to join him for a day touring his riding of Sault Ste. Marie.
Rinaldi would later decline the invitation.
“The committee’s decision to deny Northern Ontario a voice on the board is just the latest demonstration that Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government do not care about the North” said Romano. “Housing is not just a Toronto or GTA based issue. The North deserves a voice too.”
“I am calling on the Liberal government to change their position on this important issue for Northern Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie. We deserve to have a voice at the Ontario Municipal Board appellate level as well.”