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September 30th, 2019

It’s Time for a New Deal for Northern Ontario

Decades of Liberal and Conservative neglect of the North have hurt people. The NDP has a plan to make life more affordable for Northerners.

SUDBURY – Today, NDP candidates Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), Carol Hughes (Algoma–Manitoulin–Kapuskasing), Beth Mairs (Sudbury), Stef Paquette (Nickel Belt) and Rob Boulet (Nipissing-Timiskaming) announced a New Deal for Northern Ontario. For far too long, Northerners have been finding it harder to make ends meet. The Liberal and Conservative policies failed to address the significant challenges people face in the region, and the NDP knows it is time to do things differently.

“Northern families are struggling to make ends meet while the Liberals are looking out for their corporate friends,” said Hughes. “In a country as rich as Canada, we need to do better, and we can do better. Liberals and Conservatives haven’t worked for us. Only Northern Ontario New Democrats have a plan to make life more affordable, advance reconciliation, and create jobs for the region.”

Trudeau’s Liberals haven’t worked for Northern Ontario – they’ve made life more expensive and haven’t done enough on climate and to deliver better services for Indigenous communities. Andrew Scheer is just more of the same of what the North has gotten from Stephen Harper and Doug Ford – cuts to the services people need.

“Both the Liberals and Conservatives have undermined the economic development of Northern Ontario by refusing to invest in FedNor and failing our people,” said Angus. “We will not sit idly by while our economy slows down because of their bad decisions. The NDP will give the North its due by finally making FedNor a stand-alone regional economic development agency. That's how we will pursue job growth, long-term development, and support the growth of co-operative, Indigenous, and community enterprises.”

Creating jobs in the North, protecting our environment, and setting the terms of a true nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous people are all part of the NDP’s New Deal for Northern Ontario.