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2012-12-11 at 11:42

Takhar wants Hollywood to head north

By Jeff Labine,
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Harinder Takhar wants to introduce Hollywood and Bollywood to the North.

The Ontario Liberal leadership candidate has laid out a 100-day document detailing his prosperity plan for the province, and while job creation and youth employment opportunities remained high on the list Takhar also wanted to take advantage of Northern Ontario’s natural landscape for moviemakers around the world.

“Every time that I see Hollywood or Bollywood films that go to Toronto I say to them ‘have you gone to the North,’” he said. “If they don’t want to come, we need to bring them here and showcase them what the beauty looks like. About 90 per cent of Ontario’s landmass is up North.”

Other plans Takhar has for the North include four-laning Highway 69 and privatizing Ontario Northland Transportation Commission.
He also he can help resuscitate the North’s struggling forestry sector.

“I honestly believe the forestry industry can get out of its slump,” he said. “We need to move away from our traditional manufacturing of logs. We need to get into the engineered products and custom-made products. The Terrace Bay mill right now is dissolving pulp. They are going to ship that from here to be made into fabric. To me, that is the transformation of the forestry industry.”

Takhar said the $14-billion deficit and job creration are the two biggest issues facing the province at the moment. Since the recession, the global economy hasn’t fully recovered and many, especially youth, are having trouble finding jobs.

The secret to providing those jobs is laid out in his 100-day plan, he said.

The seven-point plan promises to eliminate the deficit a year early, the formation of the Ontario Small Business Development Corporation and training opportunities including internship programs and giving a 30 per cent tax credit to small business if they sponsor a student.

The Ontario Liberal Leadership convention is scheduled for Jan. 28 and 29 in Toronto.

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conker2012 says:
This guy has NO idea what what he is talking about. Highway 69 is near Sudbury, 10+ hours away and is already slated to be twinned under the northern highways plan. Does this goof have and idea that hollywood/bollywood can create basically any outdoors look by driving into to northern california in stead of flying to northern ontario. Plus the only reason they currently use Toronto is because that city has less restrictive filming laws and permit processes than in other major cities. Easier to film attracts movies not mosquitos and spruce trees.

The forest industry is dying and will never recover to the haydays before the 90s.

You want to build a northern economy then help us connect to the americas to the south. BUILD US A FREIGHT LINE INTO MINNESOTA THAT DOESN'T COME FROM WINNIPEG!
12/11/2012 12:00:51 PM
yqt says:
Building a direct rail-line will accomplish exactly what?
Last I saw, the rail bridge between I-Falls and Fort Frances still stands.
12/11/2012 1:29:05 PM
conker2012 says:
It opens the door for trade of mineral, lumber and other export/import between the two countries and our area. To access the rail bridge at FF, rail cars have to travel west 4-6 hours and then 4-6 hours south to duluth. Cut out two sides of the triangle and go directly south. If we want to eventually see any mineral processing in this city we need more ways to get the goods to market. Shipping is good but direct rail south is better to access things like the Mississippi or Chicago rail yards. Winnipeg as created a land locked port by opening up air freight and rail freight directly to the USA. They are our countries largest trade partner and we do not have direct rail connections to export goods to them.

I think it is time our mayor and council start heading south to open up trade talks and make out southern neighbours more aware of what we have to offer. Getting the dialog open is the first step to properity for both regions.
12/11/2012 2:20:13 PM
canuckman55 says:
The mayor and a councilor or two just got back from Milwaukee. My guess is that already happens in some capacity... but they can't spend thousands of dollars on trips without a solid plan. I agree with your idea in principal, but it needs a lot of planning, and not just a "lets knock on doors until our shoes fall off" approach like some council's elsewhere have failed with.
12/11/2012 2:40:36 PM
eastender says:
Conker,whut yew bin smokin' boy?
12/11/2012 11:38:21 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Sorry Takhar , but ThunderBay already has it's own reality show , it's called City Council .
12/11/2012 12:03:36 PM
tnsaf says:
Mr. Harinder Takhar......your comments sealed the are the LAST individual I would support to lead the Liberal party - or any party for that matter; in fact, I shake my head in wonder as to how you even got elected in the first place;
12/11/2012 1:30:55 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Hollywood in Northern Ontario would be great
Problem Bikinis in summer with all th Mosquito's
not winter on a nice cold day that would not work well either...there would be to much blue color on the Film.Dream along..this guy must have been to close to McGuinty for too long.
12/11/2012 5:43:40 PM
Buddy says:
Hahahaha. Wow. I can't understand how some people get to the positions they're in with mo brains.
12/12/2012 10:15:43 AM
yqtyqt says:
What a joke. He obviously doesn't have a clue. And since he doesn't have a clue about the north, this will make him a favourite amongst the Toronto Liberals.
12/12/2012 10:17:29 AM
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