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2014-05-02 at 13:13

Election ready

MPP Michael Gravelle (Lib., Thunder Bay - Superior North).
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
MPP Michael Gravelle (Lib., Thunder Bay - Superior North).
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

Local MPPs say they're disappointed but ready for a June 12 provincial election.

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced Friday morning that her party wouldn't be supporting the minority Liberal government's budget, triggering an election.

MPP Bill Mauro (Lib., Thunder Bay-Atikokan) said he's not surprised by Horwath's decision.

"I would say most of us felt it was a 50-50 proposition," he said.

The move led Prermier Kathleen Wynne to ask Lieut.-Gov. David Onley Friday to dissolve Provincial Parliament and drop the election writ, officially launching the election campaign. 

But his government put forward a great budget that includes a lot for Northwestern Ontario including a $1-billion investment in the Ring of Fire, a minimum wage increase and $100 million for Northern and rural communities.

"All of these things are in the budget and all of these items are at risk," he said.

Now that budget becomes an election platform.

"We're proud and comfortable taking that to the people," Mauro said.

MPP Michael Gravelle (Lib,, Thunder Bay-Superior North) said he's disappointed with the NDP's decision. Voting against the budget is a vote against many important items for the region.

"This was a budget that indeed is important to implement," he said.

But Thunder Bay-Atikokan Progressive Conservative candidate Harold Wilson said it was the right decision. People have been waiting too long for important decisions to be made.

"I was really excited by her announcement but it does seem about a year late," he said.

"There are a lot of things the province hasn’t done. Money doesn’t lead, it follows."

Both ridings are expected to be tight races, which is the way Mauro and Gravelle say they always expect in a campaign. And in a minority situation, a government always needs to be ready for an election.

"I've probably never been this ready," Mauro said. "We're very prepared."

Gravelle said he always campaigns as if he were 20 points behind in the polls.

Wilson said he wants to focus economic development.

"There are a lot of incredible mining projects throughout Northwestern Ontario that haven’t really gone anywhere," he said.

Thunder Bay-Atikokan NDP candidate Mary Kozorys said Horwath reviewed the budget and didn't see that the party could support it.

"This is a budget that's not going to work for the North, "she said.

Kozorys said she didn't want to comment on the campaign itself but her camp is ready.

"When you are working in the political realm you are always ready to go," she said.

Derek Parks, Progressive Conservative candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North said life in the region hasn't been better in the decade of Liberal governments. There needs to be a focus on job and wealth creation in the North. He wants to take that message to Toronto.

"We want change and we want to be listened to," he said.

On mining, Parks said the Liberals have been wasting an opportunity. He pointed to Cliffs Natural Resources pulling out of the region as an example.

"It takes a special kind of special to chase a Fortune 500 company out of Ontario," he said.

Coun. Andrew Foulds is taking a leave from city council as the NDP candidate for Thunder Bay-Superior North. Knocking on thousands of doors since he was nominated last year, Foulds said he's heard a lot from people who are losing trust in the provincial government.

"The story that I keep hearing time and time again is that it's time for an election," he said.

"We have boondoggle, we have scandal after scandal after scandal. I think people deserve better."

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tiredofbull$ says:
Time for change all around, the liberals and their two local boys have had their chance and have blown it big time. When the liberals took over Ontario in 2003 the province was in debt $130+-million, now 10 years later, Ontario is in debt $260+-million. What has gotten better or what have we got that we did not have before for them to double Ontario's debt. Nothing but cut backs and higher taxes, the highway is still not double laned to Nipigon yet and Gravelle was hollering and screaming about it in parliament when the Conservatives were in power 11+ years ago, by the time it is completed the first part will need new asphalt again. It is time for all levels of governments to get out of the sports and entertainment business and get back to the basics of healthcare, education, roads, etc..
5/2/2014 2:28:17 PM
ring of fire dude says:
I think we are in the billions , not millions .
5/2/2014 4:27:20 PM
tiredofbull$ says:
You are correct, I meant to type billions but typed millions. I guess I am not used to such big dollar figures in my everyday life. Thanks for noticing it.
5/2/2014 6:00:36 PM
progress now says:
My prediction is there will be a lot of mudslinging in this election.

Could be wrong - hope I am, but...
5/2/2014 2:31:08 PM
yqtyqt says:
I somehow wonder whether Ontario would be in the dismal state if Sandra Pupatello would have become leader of the Liberal Party.

The roots of all the discontent are the distrust over the gas plants scandal/lies and the poor fiscal performance of the government policies.

I don't believe that she would have been satisfied until the truth was known over the gas plant facts rather than what we've seen over the last year. I also think should has an acute sense of business and people which would stood her well.

None of this matters since the Toronto Liberal MPPs conspired against her. They wanted one of their own, who was weaker in those two areas.
5/2/2014 3:44:04 PM
shortpeter says:
I wish the debt was in millions but unfortunately for Ontario it is in billions.
5/2/2014 5:31:20 PM
jonthunder says:
No offence to anyone; but, we need a change, any kind of a change to get out of the deficit and corruption rut we are in...
5/2/2014 5:39:20 PM
tsb says:
Life here hasn't been better for a lot longer than since 2003. Try going back to 1995... Our economy and population were both growing until Harris took over, and the Liberals did virtually nothing to help us recover from it.
5/2/2014 6:43:40 PM
common cents says:
Mr.foulds, the same one who supports a downtown events center, he will be taken an extended leave soon enough!

Mr. wilson how many foreign workers do plan to allow in? Just think Harold you can pack them in like sardines and work them 16 hours a day and not have to worry or mention any thing about pension plans.

PC party is your WORK FOR LESS party
5/3/2014 12:33:03 PM
trevor99 says:
People are surpassingly ill informed on what has taken place because of the Liberals.
Many new buildings, Courthouse, law school, four new medical buildings, med school, schools, more doctors, nurses, state of the art equipment that most don't have, new procedures saving lives, more highway work than ever, way more work for trades, huge investments in infrastructure, and about, 1100 more people working at Bombardier. It is not an accident that our unemployment rate is lower than almost any city in Ontario. It seems these guys could walk on water and some folks would say they can't swim. The debt went up in every gov't, not just here. It is an issue, just not the only one. This is just a small sample of what I can come up with. Almost every positive story in this city is because of these two MPP's. You don't have to like them, but how can you suggest they haven't done a great job here. Do we really want to elect the guy who cut jobs in T.Bay or the NDP who will never be the Gov't.
5/4/2014 7:26:15 AM
progress now says:
We have to distinguish between balanced commentary and partisan attack or support.

Partisan comments have to be understood for what they are, and evaluated accordingly.

Comments here are not refereed. So it is the wild west. It is the same across the net.
5/4/2014 3:51:57 PM
Eastender says:
Pumping money into Thunder Bay is like injecting morphine into an old sick horse. Feels good for a while. Sooner or later, its gonna die anyway.
5/5/2014 3:38:19 AM
Robert Bob says:
Problem is with the Leader's of all three polical parties. Not a worthy trustable or smart one in the bunch. Horwath - really not prepared for election, Hudak and Wynne , who are they kidding. Voter turnout- will probably be at all time Low since the choices are really pathetic. Hukak was going to create 1 Million Jobs, he is reallt Bad at Math. Maybe 500K of those will be to Foreign workers. Wynne wasn't elected and can't distant herself from all the "past" problems. It can't be fixed by "spending" more of something Ontario does not have. Either WAY TAXES will be going up. Gas, Alcohol, Hydro, Cigarettes, increased "USER Fees". Economics 101 , we can blame the "past Goverment" while we install all our own "sunshine list" of players into positions of Power.
5/5/2014 12:07:11 PM
Stephen says:
Oh, no! Does this mean the billion dollar road to nowhere will not get built?
On the plus side, the election is only a little over a month away...we won't have to suffer through a long,boring campaign.
5/5/2014 3:54:26 PM
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