Spina supporters filled 109 Queen St. E. on Friday afternoon as the Conservative candidate, joined by Durham MP and former Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O’Toole, cut the ribbon to launch the opening of his campaign office.
Spina told SaultOnline one of the issues he’s focusing on during this campaign is affordability.
“Over the past couple of months I’ve had the chance to talk to literally thousands of people here in Sault Ste. Marie, and there’s one thing I’ve learned – and it’s one thing I know really, really well – is that each person has told me that they find life more unaffordable, that they’re finding it more and more difficult to make ends meet since the Trudeau Liberals took over a few short years ago here in Canada,” he said.
“They’re ready for a government that’s going to live within its means and they’re ready for a government that is going to put money back in their pockets and make life more affordable for them, and that’s what we’re about – helping residents of Sault Ste. Marie and helping Canada get ahead.”
Spina said other issues brought to his attention have been integrity (in regards to the SNC Lavalin affair) and the environment/carbon tax.
O’Toole told SaultOnline one of the reasons he urged Spina to run in this election was because of how actively involved he’s been in the community.
“Sonny Spina is one of our star candidates across Canada,” he said.
“I met Sonny several years ago and I urged him to run – I served in the military, he’s a police officer, and literally in the last decade, there’s been almost nobody in Sault Ste. Marie who’s been involved in as many charitable causes, fundraising events, not only does he wear a uniform in service, but he’s got a heart that’s all about Sault Ste. Marie, so that’s the candidate we’d like to be the MP in Ottawa.”
O’Toole, who has family in the Sault, said he sees how proud and hardworking Saultites are and how underrepresented they are in Ottawa. He said the Conservatives think Spina will be able to give Saulties that voice.
“Sonny is the face of Sault Ste. Marie – someone who’s been helping people in need for years, keeping the community safe – he will be a huge champion. Andrew Scheer and our entire team really recruited Sonny, so he’s one of our stars and we’re here to support him.”
Both Spina and O’Toole told supporters they want to end the reckless spending of the Liberals, with O’Toole telling voters to watch out for broken promises made by the Trudeau Government in the weeks leading to the election.
“He promised to be all things to all people,” he said, “but, I think a lot of Canadians have lost trust in Justin Trudeau.
You don’t vote where you can vote Justin Trudeau out, but you can vote in somebody who lives and bleeds Sault Ste. Marie, who has a passion and commitment to the people here, who will be an honest voice with integrity, your next MP, Sonny Spina.”
The federal election takes place on Oct. 21 of this year. Stay tuned to SaultOnline and ONNtv for more coverage.