SUDBURY, ON – The Ford government introduced its mini-budget today and it fails Sault Ste. Marie and northern Ontario charged Steven Del Duca, Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate.
Del Duca delivered his response to the Fall Economic Statement from Sudbury, the gateway to Ontario’s North.
“Ford is a bull in a china shop, his ministers are so distracted by his tweets, his outbursts and scattershot policy that they aren’t focused on the things that matter – and that’s meant Sault Ste. Marie has been ignored,” said Del Duca.
“We have tremendous potential in Sault Ste. Marie and what we need is action. That’s why I’m calling on the government to introduce a Northern Ontario Action Plan.”
The first part of Del Duca’s Northern Ontario Action Plan includes:
– High speed internet access for northern & rural Ontario
– More investment for roads and bridges
– Better access to medical doctors in the north
– Building capacity for autism services in the north
– A full review of provincial organizations to see if any of them can be expanded to northern communities
Del Duca continues to meet with Northern Ontarians to discuss proposals for the North.
“Doug Ford has been busy settling old scores: meddling in Toronto city council elections, picking fights with unions and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. What we actually need is a new relationship between Queen’s Park and northern Ontario.”
“If we’re going to open a new office we should look to Sault Ste. Marie. The cost of housing is low, and quality of life is high. We should decentralize government when it makes sense.”
“What Sault Ste. Marie needs is a plan and a vision to make life better, to make it easier to start and expand businesses, and to make retiring in the north easier with more access to care. That’s what I’m focused on and those would be my priorities for the north as premier.”
“Sault Ste. Marie has a critical role to play in Ontario’s future. We need to make it possible for young people to work, live and retire in Sault Ste. Marie and other northern communities. Sault Ste. Marie and northern Ontario are facing a shortage of skilled labour, doctors and nurses. The government has to act,” finished Del Duca.
The Ontario Liberal Party will hold a Northern debate in Sudbury on January 12, 2019. Del Duca continues to meet with northern Ontarians and will release his full Northern Platform before that date.