Friday, September 30, 2022

Sudbury Liberal candidate explains party’s plan for the North

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Sudbury candidate David Farrow says the liberal plan for Northern Ontario focuses on building homes, schools and critical northern infrastructure.

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The plan was released this week by Liberal leader Steven Del Duca at the annual federation conference of Northern Ontario municipalities.

“For four years, the Doug Ford Conservatives have taken for granted northern Ontario – specifically Sudbury,” said Farrow, a retired principal and board chairman at Mason McCulloch Hospice, said in a release. “This scheme will re-invest and strengthen the North. Our plan would be to put North and Sudbury back on the map of Queens Park.

Farrow said his party would make northern Ontario a place to move forward:

– ensuring that everyone can reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner within 24 hours, regardless of your postal code;

– Covering tuition costs for medical and nursing students committed to working in a rural or remote community;

– Providing affordable, high-speed Internet access for all in Northern Ontario by 2025;

– construction of new roads to open access to the Ring of Fire;

– Support and empower northern municipalities by offering a 5% rebate of the provincial mining tax;

– making community transportation grants permanent and reducing municipal and Ontario Northland fares to “buck-a-ride”;

– Promote economic development and regional tourism by raising funding for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to $150 million;

– Build or repair northern community infrastructure such as libraries and arenas;

– Advancing the proven “2+1” highway model to support safe passing on major Northern Ontario highways;

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– Ensuring the highest possible level of winter maintenance on Highways 11 and 17;

– Promote safe winter driving in Northern Ontario by offering a refundable tax credit of $75 per winter tire and $100 per studded tire;

– Reversing conservative cuts and delays for critical northern services and projects and ensuring the progress of the following projects: Four-laning of Highway 69; Reconstruction of Highway 101 in Timmins; and the Cochrane Bypass from Highway 11 to Highway 652.

The party says it will give the North more control over immigration to help build communities in the region and the workforce they need.

“For Northern Ontario to be a place to grow, Northerners need to have a say in ensuring nurses, engineers and heavy equipment operators and those who want to come to Canada are allowed to live in Northern communities,” Farrow said. .

“That’s how we build the Ring of Fire, acquire nurses who will provide care in the North, and strengthen our communities.”

The federal government “came up with a time-limited pilot program for the answer, but the Ontario Liberals know we need a long-term approach,” he said. “The time has come for Ontario to take over its own immigration and, like Quebec, take control of who we welcome to this province.”

A liberal government would:

– attack a Northern Ontario Immigration Advisory Panel composed of Northern municipal leaders and economic development officials to ensure that this new system is established in the best interests of the North;

– working with the federal government to make sustainable the rural and northern immigration partnership operated by the five largest northern cities; And

– Appoint a dedicated immigration minister.

“Our workforce is in dire need of specific skills to accomplish this task,” Farrow said. “Our new Ontario Liberal team will be the partner Northern Ontarians deserve.”

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