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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Ross Romano has put out a statement urging wynne to call the by election immediate so that Sault Ste Marie is represented in the legislature , she instead in a truly bizarre move has said the mayor would be a voice for the soo at queen's park , the mayor ? seriously he is virtually never in Toronto and not an elected member at queens park , how can he be there voice at queens park , truly bizarre and not something I have heard of before )



Wynne Must Call By-Election Immediately


By Media Release -
January 27, 2017

Romano-Brown Meet & Greet
The people of Sault Ste. Marie are missing an important voice and Premier Wynne must call a by-election to replace the seat at Queen’s Park that currently sits vacant.

“I’ve been knocking on doors across the city and am hearing the same stories; the people of Sault Ste. Marie are upset with skyrocketing hydro rates, cuts to their healthcare, and years of Liberal scandal, waste and mismanagement. One thing is clear, the residents want their concerns brought to the Premier at Queen’s Park,” said Ross Romano, the Ontario PC Party candidate in Sault Ste. Marie.



Yesterday, the Premier indicated that the Mayor would be a voice for Sault Ste. Marie at Queen’s Park.

“The fact of the matter is that the Mayor has his hands full at City Hall with a number pressing matters of major concern to the citizens of Sault Ste. Marie. We need a full time elected member to stand up to Premier Wynne and her destructive policies,” added Romano.
“The by-election needs to be called immediately. Any delay just goes to show Premier Wynne is putting Sault Ste. Marie on the backburner again,” Romano concluded.

http://saultonline.com/2017/01.....mediately/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( due time ? wynne seems to be in no rush to call this by election , 1 month after Orazetti quit still no word on a liberal candidate or even a date for a nomination meeting )

Byelection to be called in due time


By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:54:39 EST PM

Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses reporters at the Sault Ste. Marie Civic Centre on Jan. 26, 2017.


Premier Kathleen Wynne says a byelection to replace David Orazietti will be called in due course.



For the Liberals, a candidate search is underway; other parties had candidates in the wings but the process will continue, she said.

“We'll have a great candidate to run in David Orazietti's footsteps,” Wynne told The Sault Star. “My concern right now is to make Sault Ste. Marie the best it can be. We'll get to the byelection.”

In the interim, Wynne said Sault Ste. Marie will not be forgotten. Strong working relationships have been developed between the province and local officials.

In fact, Wynne said, Mayor Christian Provenzano “is a very strong voice. (He) has my phone number, he knows how to get in touch with us, you have a very strong voice at the table in Toronto, at Queen’s Park.”

She promised that Sault Ste. Marie is important at Queen's Park.

“SSM is an important part of this province and you don't need to worry about being forgotten. You won't be forgotten. You are top of mind,” Wynne told reporters.

She's hopeful that a candidate can be found that will build on the work Orazietti did during his 13 year tenure.

Wynne said she's not worried about other parties already selecting their candidates and starting their campaigning.

“The other parties may have had candidates in waiting but we've had a very strong representative here and we want to make sure the people who are Liberal in Sault Ste .Marie and part of the organization have the time they need to find the candidate they are looking for and I support that process,” she said.

Wynne said the Liberal's have a strong record in Sault Ste. Marie.

“There is so much good that has been done here by a Liberal representative, by David Orazietti and so I'm looking for that to continue,” she said.

Wynne's last visit to Sault Ste. Marie was last summer when she announced renovation and infrastructure funding for Northern Heights School and hosted a community barbecue at Bellevue Park.

http://www.saultstar.com/2017/.....n-due-time
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romano: Small businesses and workers suffering because of Kathleen Wynne’s energy policy


By Content Team -
January 26, 2017

Ross Romano
Ontario PC Candidate for Sault Ste. Marie, Ross Romano, today issued the following statement:

“High hydro rates are hurting business owners who must cut back on payroll just to make ends meet,” says Romano. “We hear it from job creators and we hear it from the chamber of commerce: Kathleen Wynne’s disastrous energy policy is making life more unaffordable for our community.

“After 13 years in power, life is harder under the Liberals. The Sault has an opportunity to stand up and tell Kathleen Wynne that they are sick and tired of sky-rocketing hydro rates, health care cuts and never-ending scandals.”

http://saultonline.com/2017/01.....gy-policy/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

but the pc's aren't wasting time , bring Brown to the riding once again and officially opening a campaign office in the city , considering the past results it won't hurt to get an early start and begin to identify supporters in the riding




Ross Romano ‏@RossRomanoSSM · 23h23 hours ago

Join @brownbarrie as we officially open our office in Sault Ste. Marie. Stick around after and join us for a super canvass this Saturday
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will say one thing for Patrick Brown;
He seems to lack the ego of a typical politician.

Usually leaders stay miles away from ridings that aren't really viable as the optics after the loss look poor.

However it seems that Patrick Brown has knocked on doors and been in every available riding since he was elected leader.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
I will say one thing for Patrick Brown;
He seems to lack the ego of a typical politician.

Usually leaders stay miles away from ridings that aren't really viable as the optics after the loss look poor.

However it seems that Patrick Brown has knocked on doors and been in every available riding since he was elected leader.



the 4 elections between 2003 and 2014 when David Orazietti the liberal candidate don't make it look very viable however I'm personally thinking those results aren't a good indicator of the ridings future as the mpp seemed to have some personal appeal and other parties didn't focus much attention on the riding when he was mpp

but even if the pc's were able to double there vote from 2014 that would only reach 25 % or around 7000 votes not likely enough to win , but the pc's can't possibly do worse than 2014 ? considering how unpopular wynne is up north and the fact there running a high profile city councillor this time
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the history of the Sault Ste Marie riding federally and provincially has been one of great swings left and right depending on who is popular at the time .

federally it went ndp > cpc > liberal , all in a matter of 3 elections

I think the opposition parties at queens park feel its poised to swing once again which why there targeting it this year

it be a bad sign if somehow Wynne was able to hold the riding though as she is so unpopular up north according to the polls any victories would seem unlikely
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( no date yet for by election but they have a campaign headquarters )


Romano opens campaign headquarters, party leader Brown to take Bon Soo Polar Bear plunge


Hydro number one issue for PCs as Romano, party leader Brown campaign in Sault
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Sault PC candidate Ross Romano, joined by PC party leader Patrick Brown, officially opens his campaign headquarters, Feb, 4, 2017. Darren Taylor/SooToday


Sault Ste. Marie Progressive Conservative candidate Ross Romano had high profile support at the official opening of his campaign headquarters at 232 Queen Street East Saturday.

Romano, selected as the party’s candidate in November, was joined by PC leader Patrick Brown at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The two men, who are longtime friends, cut a Tory blue ribbon with blue-handled scissors at the campaign office to the cheers of local PC supporters.


Brown’s visit comes soon after an early January stop in the Sault, in which Romano kicked off his campaign in a yet-to-be-called byelection to fill the vacant Sault riding’s seat.

“We’ve been knocking on doors for a little over three weeks and the message we’re hearing over and over again is hydro, hydro, hydro…it’s a major issue for us but it’s just one of many, and it ’s time we hold the Liberals accountable for 13 years of mismanagement,” Romano told supporters.

Clearly, there is a feeling among local PCs the party can win the Sault riding for the first time in over 30 years.

This is the latest of many visits to the Sault by Brown, who plans to take part in Sunday’s Bon Soo Polar Bear Swim.

SooToday will have a full report shortly.

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/romano-opens-campaign-headquarters-party-leader-brown-to-take-bon-soo-polar-bear-plunge-528152
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this is some great local press , I read in another article that Soo today is now the largest media outlet in Sault Ste Marie , so this visit was seen by many , other ridings it would of virtually been ignored by the press )


Romano opens campaign headquarters, party leader Brown to take Bon Soo Polar Bear plunge (update)


Hydro costs number one issue for PCs as Romano, party leader Brown campaign in Sault; well known locals attend ribbon cutting event
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Sault PC candidate Ross Romano, joined by PC party leader Patrick Brown, wife Heather and son Jarrett, officially opens his campaign headquarters, Feb. 4, 2017. Darren Taylor/SooToday


Sault Ste. Marie Progressive Conservative candidate Ross Romano had high profile support at the official opening of his campaign headquarters at 232 Queen Street East Saturday.

Romano, selected as the party’s candidate in November, was joined by PC leader Patrick Brown at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The two men, who are longtime friends, cut a Tory blue ribbon with blue-handled scissors at the campaign office, to the cheers of local PC supporters.

A number of familiar, high profile faces were seen at Saturday’s campaign office ribbon cutting event, including former mayor and CAO Joe Fratesi and former Sault MP Bryan Hayes.

Brown’s visit, the latest in several visits to the Sault, comes soon after an early January stop in the community, in which Romano kicked off his campaign in a yet-to-be-called byelection to fill the vacant Sault riding’s seat.

“We’ve been knocking on doors for a little over three weeks and the message we’re hearing over and over again is hydro, hydro, hydro…it’s a major issue for us but it’s just one of many, and it’s time we hold the Liberals accountable for 13 years of mismanagement,” Romano told supporters.

Clearly, there is a feeling among local PCs the party can win the Sault riding for the first time in over 30 years.

Saturday’s event took place just before Brown and Romano prepared to hit the streets and knock on doors to seek voter support.

The government must call a byelection for the Sault within six months after Dec. 31, 2016, when David Orazietti’s time as MPP officially came to an end after he announced his departure from politics.

“I have a four pillar plan for economic development,” Brown told reporters.

“We’ve seen 350,000 manufacturing jobs lost, so first of all we’ve got to cut the red tape (encouraging businesses to invest in expansion and jobs), I want to invest in infrastructure to get companies products to the marketplace, we need affordable energy prices because you can’t keep jobs and businesses here with hydro prices that are atrocious (he said he would remedy that, in part, by expanding natural gas use for companies to use), and link education to employment with more focus on skilled trades, technology and innovation, teaching kids computer programming…that’s all part of our four pillar plan.”

Brown added he would, as Premier, look into revisiting green energy mega contracts negotiated by the Liberals.

Regarding healthcare, Brown said he would free up funding by cutting down on “bloated administration” costs for healthcare brass.

Brown said “it is disappointing that we’re about to come to provincial budgets and there’s going to be no Sault Ste. Marie MPP,” calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to call a byelection soon.

“I think our mayor has his hands full,” Romano told SooToday, criticizing Wynne’s comments, made during a visit to the Sault Jan. 26, in which she said Mayor Christian Provenzano can serve as a strong voice for the Sault until a byelection is called “in due course.”

Romano also criticized Wynne for not paying enough attention to Essar Steel Algoma’s ongoing concerns.

“Cap and trade is a major problem as well, there is so much waste and mismanagement going on, but above all else, hydro is the major concern I’m hearing,” Romano told SooToday, stating a PC government would address those costs for the benefit of consumers and businesses.

Brown and Romano were scheduled to attend a volunteer appreciation event, then a church service Sunday morning, while Brown also intends to take part in Sunday’s Polar Bear Swim event (Romano said he is considering taking the plunge himself).

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/romano-opens-campaign-headquarters-party-leader-brown-to-take-bon-soo-polar-bear-plunge-528152
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( liberals appear to be trying to warm up the riding with cabinet minister visits and funding announcements , also asked a city councillor to run for them but he has yet to confirm if he actually will )

City eyeing transit expansion . . . but not right now


The province is promising to drastically increase gas tax funding, but not until the after the next election
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Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca seen during a funding announcement at the bus barn today with Mayor Christian Provenzano. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday


The province of Ontario announced today it will double the amount of transit funding the city receives from the tax on gasoline — but not until after the next election.

Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation, made the announcement along with Mayor Christian Provenzano at the 'bus barn' transit garage on Huron Street this morning.

“We’ve heard loud and clear from municipalities that they need more sustainable funding for public transit to keep up with the demand to provide more service," said Del Duca.

In 2016-17, the city is receiving $1.1 million, its share of the two-cents-per-litre gas tax the province puts toward municipal transit.

Today’s announcement would see that amount double to $2.2 million in 2021-22, with incremental increases in 2019-20, after the next provincial election in 2018.

Don Scott, manager of transit and parking for the city, said the additional money will be put to good use on projects which have been postponed in the past due to lack of funds.

“This is going to allow us to bring in new vehicles and its going to allow us to bring service to under-serviced areas. This is going to be huge for us,” said Scott immediately after today’s announcement.

With a route optimization study currently being conducted by the city, Scott said it is not inconceivable the recently scaled-back Sunday service could be restored as a result of the added funding, which is still two years away.

The review of conventional transit service will also explore reworking existing bus routes to recapture ‘lost ridership’ caused by north end development, like Sault Area Hospital and the new St. Mary’s College.


Provenzano said he would welcome the return of full Sunday bus service if the study shows there is a need.

“I’m hoping we will get some good suggestions and advice from that (study) and I am hopeful we can plan, particularly with these funds, an increase in our transit services in the future,” said Provenzano.

Del Duca said the program which offers a share of the gas tax toward public transit has existed for a number of years and is now being expanded. He made similar funding announcements recently in other municipalities, like Barrie and Thunder Bay.

Ross Romano, who attended the meeting as candidate for the Ontario PC party for the yet-to-be-announced byelection to replace former MPP David Orazietti, said the ‘re-announcement’ is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

“It’s interesting we seem to see more of Premier Wynne now and funding announcements now that there is an impending byelection in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Romano.

He suggested the provincial Liberal government is trying to confuse voters into thinking it is achieving more than it actually is, and they should be concentrating on labour issues within the city.

“After 13 years of waste and mismanagement, there is more that should be done,” said Romano.

Romano appeared as the PC candidate for a Liberal funding announcement for the city, which he represents as a councillor for Ward 6.

“It’s important to be able to draw a distinction between both roles, can it be difficult at times? Absolutely. But I have tried to strike an adequate balance between the two and I am confident that I have done so. I feel my representation of this community is first and foremost as a city councillor, and I have kept that as my number one priority,” said Romano.

He has previously said he will step down as city councillor as soon as the byelection is called by the premiere.

In that byelection, Romano will face wardmate Joe Krmpotich, who is running for the NDP.

During last night’s public consultation at the Civic Centre, Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Shoemaker confirmed he has been formally approached to represent the Liberal party in the byelection, but he hasn’t made a final decision as to whether he will run.

Scott made a distinction between today's provincial funding announcement and the $3.2 million in matching transit infrastructure funds offered by the federal government last year.

The city decided to only accept about $300,000 from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, leaving almost $3 million on the table because the city could not come up with more money required to match the federal funds

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/city-eyeing-transit-expansion-but-not-right-now-532478
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( new stats can figures also released this week showed the soo's population was shrinking rapidly aswas other northern cities )


Romano comments on dwindling population in the Sault


By Content Team -
February 8, 2017


Ross Romano
Today StatsCan released data from the 2016 Census and found that the population of Sault Ste. Marie was now 73,368 – down 2.4 percent in just 5 years.

“Sault Ste. Marie should be a major northern hub. With a bridge to the United States and the Port of Algoma, business should be booming and people should be flocking to the Sault. But sadly after 13 years of Liberal government policies, the Sault is at a competitive disadvantage leading to jobs and youth leaving the city,” Ontario PC candidate Ross Romano said.


“I left for university and came back to the Sault because I believe in this city. It is where I was born and raised, it is the city I love and it’s the city where I want to continue to raise my children. I want everyone to have the same opportunity I did but under this Liberal government the opportunities are few and far between,” said Romano.

http://saultonline.com/2017/02.....the-sault/
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( some more great press out of the soo for Brown and pc candidate Ross Romano )


Ribbon Cutting, Canvassing and a Chilly Dip


By Content Team -
February 6, 2017


Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown returned to the Sault this weekend with a busy agenda. Saturday, Brown joined MPP Candidate Ross Romano and his family for an official ribbon cutting ceremony at his new campaign office at 232 Queen Street East (the former Memoirs location). In addition to brief introductions and speeches, supporters had an opportunity to speak with both Romano and Brown before and after the ceremony.

The hottest topic focused around the rising cost of energy resulting in hardships for both citizens and businesses. Brown spoke of how much energy is generated here in Northern Ontario while the current electricity rates we pay are among some of the highest in the world, comparing us with Hawaii. He stated that contracts continue to be awarded for additional wind and solar farms while Ontario struggles to sell off surpluses to several states in the U.S.


When asked why Premiere Wynne hadn’t called a bi-election on her recent visit to the Sault, Brown could only speculate and voiced his concern about Sault Ste. Marie not having an MPP sitting when parliament resumes. Other topics discussed included Health Care and the exorbitant salaries paid to corporations in Ontario, many at the expense of the taxpayers.


Later in the afternoon we caught up with Brown and Romano canvassing door to door with a few members of their teams at the Northern end of Lake Street. Despite cold and windy conditions, everyone appeared well prepared for the weather and spent several hours talking to area residents. If things weren’t chilly enough, Mr. Brown voiced his eagerness to participate in the Bon Soo Polar Bear Swim, convincing Romano to join him just a few blocks later. “On the condition we wear our Greyhound Jerseys”, Romano stated.


On Sunday, a short time after the Bon Soo Polar Bear event began, Brown and Romano along with a couple members of their teams appeared on the ice at Bellevue Park. Wearing their Greyhound Jerseys, both men wasted no time plunging into the icy water like they were seasoned pros. Congratulations gentlemen, here are a few photos to reminisce over!

To learn more about PC Candidate Ross Romano, visit www.rossromano.ca

http://saultonline.com/2017/02.....hilly-dip/
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( ndp leader Horwath was also just in the Soo according to article )

Horwath says focus on youth opportunities

By Elaine Della-Mattia, Sault Star

Friday, February 10, 2017 4:11:48 EST PM

NDP leader Andrea Horwath


Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath says investing in young people will help keep youth in Northern Ontario.



Horwath was in Sault Ste. Marie Friday stumping with NDP candidate Joe Krmpotich for the yet-to-be-called by-election.

She said by-elections are largely very small with a limited reach that doesn't always engage voters.

“We do everything we can to change that in a by-election but you don't get the same kind of attention and focus you do during a general election,” Horwath said.

While voter turnout in by-elections is smaller, she said, it's hard to take the results and project them forward to the 2018 general provincial election.

Horwath, who has made several trips to Sault Ste. Marie in recent months, said by-elections are important because “although they certainly don't change the government, they certainly send a message to the government. That's how I got elected in Hamilton in 2004.”

And the message she is sending to voters is with a promise to invest in youth, with the aim of keeping young people in Northern Ontario in their home communities with good paying, quality jobs.

“For the Sault of course, this is an issue that isn't new,” Horwath said at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. “That's why the NDP believe its important to invest in our young people.”

A private member's bill, introduced by London West MPP Peggy Sattler, Bill 64, called Work Integrated Learning, would lead to a massive expansion of paid, integrated learning programs for young people.

Horwath said the key is to pull together the academic community, employers and the labour community to develop the pathways that connect learning and jobs.

More people should have that opportunity, especially the way the workforce and technology is advancing, Horwath said.

“We really need to step up those opportunities while they are learning so that when they graduate the things they face right now are no longer the case,” she said.

“Parents and grandparents don't want to see another generation of young people moving away from the north because they can't build their career in their own community,” Horwath said.

Increased opportunities for integrated learning will help students offset their educational expenses and provide them with the experience that will lead to full time jobs in their chosen field in their home communities, she said.

Algoma Manitoulin MPP Mike Mantha said only 39 per cent of students participate in such programs.

“Young people are leaving the north. That's a fact,” he said. Between 2007 and 2012, about 1,200 people between the ages of 18 and 25 left home, leaving families behind.

Krmpotich said the time for action is now.

“I love this community and I know we can't keep heading in the wrong direction,” the lifelong Sault Ste. Marie resident said.

Krmpotich said the plan is the first step to reducing unemployment and ensuring youth stay in their home town.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has until June 30 to call a by-election to replace David Orazietti.

Orazietti stepped down as the city's MPP Dec. 31.

The Progressive Conservatives have chosen Ross Romano as their candidate to run in the by-election.

Both Krmpotich and and Romano are Ward 6 city councillors.

The Liberal's have yet to nominate their candidate.

http://www.saultstar.com/2017/.....ortunities
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Liberal transit funds coming after next general election 'the worst kind of politics' says Horwath


Horwath says she will spend even more time in the Sault once a byelection is called
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Andrea Horwath, leader of the provincial NDP, motions toward local candidate Joe Krmpotich during an event today at the Innovation Centre as MPP Mike Mantha looks on. Kenneth Armstrong/SooToday


While making a policy announcement today at the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, the leader of the provincial NDP says the Sault Ste. Marie riding can expect to see more of her as she supports the local candidate once a yet-to-be-announced byelection is called.


Now Andrea Horwath, the NDP leader who herself was first elected to Queen’s Park during a byelection in 2004, is by any account spending more time lately in the Sault and says she will be here even more often once a byelection is called to replace former MPP David Orazietti.

She is supporting local candidate Joe Krmpotich, a sitting city counsellor who Horwath said was asked to run in previous elections.

“We take this riding — and the people who live here, more importantly — very seriously,” said Horwath.

An NDP byelection win wouldn’t change the government, said Horwath, but it would send a message to the government.

Byelections, she said, are not necessarily be a good way to project what will happen in the next general election, which will occur 2018.

“Some of the broader themes will play out in a byelection, but byelections are very small and their engagement is not as deep with voters,” said Horwath.

Today’s policy announcement at the Innovation Centre, which currently resides on the Algoma University campus, focussed on a private members bill seeking to expand paid work-integrated learning opportunities.


Providing a greater integration of work and learning, said Horwath, is an opportunity for young people to increase their skill set while gaining valuable work experience — all while remaining in their community.

Krmpotich said that last part is especially important.

“I’d like to see enough change that people are making a decent living and being able to go home to their families and keep them in town,” said Krmpotich.

Recently released numbers from Statistics Canada show nearly 1,200 residents age 18 to 25 left Sault Ste. Marie in the five year period between 2007 and 2012.

On Wednesday, the Algoma University Faculty Association said their contract faculty will be in a position to strike in the first week of March.

Horwath said labour disputes are occurring across the province in the education sector because of a lack of post-secondary funding by the government.

“The universities are squeezed, they are raising fees and tuition because they have no choice. They have to make their budgets. The reason they are so squeezed is the government hasn’t been investing in post-secondary education to the levels other provinces have been,” said Horwath.

“As a result, they are squeezing the workers. That’s not how it should be in the province,” she added.

Of yesterday’s gas tax announcement by the minister of Transportation — promising more funding for the city’s public transit, but not until after the next general election — Horwath said that is the worst kind of politics.

“It’s kicking the football down the field. The premiere is saying no help now — but maybe in a year or so, after the next election — is when we will start sharing more of the gas tax,” said Horwath.

She said such efforts are an attempt by the Liberals to hoodwink voters.

“Every byelection we have seen, the government happens to be in the community where the byelection is happening making all kinds of funding announcements leading up to, and during, a byelection,” said Horwath.

Voters become disenchanted when their government thinks they can buy their way out of years and years of disappointments and lack of real connection with the people of the province, she added.

Horwath said Krmpotich has shown he is a fighter for the Sault Ste. Marie community in his role on city council.

“I know that the passion and fighting spirit he shows here can easily transfer into Queen’s Park,” she said.

https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/transit-funds-announced-by-libs-to-come-after-next-general-election-the-worst-kind-of-politics-says-horwath-533846
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( the Soo by election appears to be part of a larger strategy by the pc's to target northern Ontario ridings )


Tories target Northern Ontario



By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:31:45 EST AM

Craig Robertson/Postmedia Network Patrick Brown is leader of the PC party of Ontario.


'There is no safe Liberal seat'



Progressive Conservatives are poised for a breakthrough in Northern Ontario, PC leader Patrick Brown believes.

Both Sudbury and Nickel Belt have voted Liberal or NDP in every provincial election since the 1980s, but in a tele-press conference on Tuesday, Brown said high energy prices, high spending, low efficiency and low regard for Northern issues at Queen's Park have voters looking for change in 2018.

"There is no safe Liberal seat," Brown said. "Scarborough-Rouge River was viewed as one of the safest Liberal seats in the City of Toronto, it had only been an NDP-Liberal fight, and in the fall, we had a byelection in which Raymond Cho, the PC candidate who only three years ago had finished third, won it convincingly."

Brown made the comments before embarking on a tour of eight Northern Ontario communities, but not Sudbury, which he visited last summer.

He heard then from Northerners upset with high hydro bills, and expects to hear more of the same this week.

"People are fed up with this government and frankly, one of the biggest issues people are frustrated about in this province is hydro, and the Liberals and NDP have been complicit on it," Brown said. "A lot of voters, a lot of families, have been saying we need a different approach."

Brown pointed to the Green Energy Act, which has resulted in wind turbines across the province. Ontario has been generating surplus hydro, Brown said, and "giving away" that electricity to New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio by selling it at a loss.

"Since 2009, we have given away $6 billion in surplus electricity," Brown said.

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault, the MPP for Sudbury, has countered Brown's claim by pointing out that Ontario had made $250 million by 2015 by selling excess power to neighbouring jurisdictions, adding that the province once had to spend up to $500 million per year to buy electricity from its neighbours to avoid power shortages.

But Brown accused the Liberals of awarding Green Energy contracts to reward companies for donating $1.3 million to their party, rather than to serve the energy needs of Ontarians.

"One of the reasons a lot of people are disappointed with the Liberal government is they don't like that type of behaviour, nor should they," Brown said. "But why would the NDP prop it up? That's one of the reasons we have seen the NDP continuing to lose support, because the NDP can't continue to prop up the Liberals' Green Energy Act. It has been viewed left, right and centre as an unmitigated disaster. It's the best economic development program that the northern United States have ever seen and, frankly, it's not Ontario's business to be giving free electricity to our competitors."

Brown said efforts by the Kathleen Wynne government to reduce hydro bills, whether through an HST rebate announced last year or the elimination of the global adjustment reportedly being considered currently, amount to "shell games," which won't result in real savings for ratepayers.

"They are very clever," he said. "Don't underestimate the Liberals on their ability to be sneaky when it comes to hydro."

Brown was also critical of the Liberals for allowing Local Health Integration Networks to become "bloated" and called on Wynne to stop the hiring of 84 new vice-presidents at LHINS and instead direct funding to front-line care.

"They use these LHINs as a political buffer of accountability, so they don't have to own the cuts that are happening around the province," Brown said. "The sad part is the LHINs are an extraordinary cost to avoid political accountability. If you look at these new VPs, these 84 vice-presidents, you have to put a value on what it means for a Northern community - one of these VPs is the same cost as 5,000 home-care visits."

Move on Ring of Fire

Asked about his vision for development in the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire, a massive deposit of chromite and other minerals in the James Bay Lowlands, Brown said the province must do its part to speed up the process.

Noront Resources and KWG Resources, two major players in the Ring, recently laid out their plans for development there. Noront hopes to start small with a road while mining nickel, copper and a small amount of chromite to sell in the northeastern United States, while KWG prefers a railroad to move large quantities of chromite.

Chromite is a key component in the manufacture of stainless steel.

"This needs to be done, obviously, in co-ordination with indigenous communities and local municipalities, but we have been waiting five years," Brown said. "What I'm saying is this can't be delayed further and what we would want is to expedite that investment. Everyone's got to be at the table for that, but we can't be sitting and waiting another five years. We have had three announcements that shovels were about to go in the ground, three re-announcements in five years, and there are no shovels in the ground.

"As far as rail to road, those are options we would welcome looking at with all the stakeholders involved."

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