Saultites came out to show their support for Terry Sheehan on Sunday afternoon for the launch of his campaign office, located at 485 Queen St. E.
The Liberal MP is running for re-election in this year’s upcoming Federal Election, set to take place on or before Oct. 21.
“I’m so thrilled and pleased with the support that the community is showing here today for the work that I have done and for the work that I am committing to continue to do today,” Sheehan said in a media scrum.
Sheehan talked about the progress that he’s proud has been made since he’s been in office, such as:
- lowering the unemployment rates
- investing locally, in post-secondary institutions (Algoma University, Sault College, the Anishinabek Discovery Centre), infrastructure and affordability
- helping the steel plant out of bankruptcy
- helping strengthen trade regime
- investing $106 million into Algoma Steel and Tenaris
- helping lift the steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S.
“(The steel plant) is extremely important – it’s 40 per cent of our economy,” he said. “That’s 14,000 direct or indirect jobs we’re counting on, 8,000 pensioners.”
Sheehan said, despite this, the steel industry isn’t completely out of the woods yet.
“The steel industry still needs significant support and a strong voice,” he explained, noting his time as a member on the Steel Party Caucus and working with unions as an asset.
Sheehan said he’s also used his background in business and development to help bring over a quarter of a billion dollars into the local economy.
“It’s historic, it’s record-breaking, but I’ve just begun,” he said. “I want to continue to have that economic development.”
Sheehan vowed to redouble my effort over the next four-and-a-half years to continue this development, with projects such as the ferrochrome plant, which will create 1,500 jobs during construction and 500 jobs after it’s completed.
Sheehan also said he wants to continue to the Sault’s voice in Ottawa, which is part of the reason why he ran for office in the first place.
“In 2015, I promised to be Sault Ste. Marie’s voice in Ottawa, and not Ottawa’s voice in Sault Ste. Marie.
“And I’m seeing it more by the opposition that you’re going to see a big top-down Ottawa voice back in Sault Ste. Marie. The great thing about myself is that I have both the energy and the experience to get the job done and to make sure that our voice is heard loud and clear in Ottawa and that we get our fair share of investments here in the Sault.”