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2014-06-02 at 10:42

Meet the Candidates: Harold Wilson, Progressive Conservative

Harold Wilson, right, watches on as Ontario Progressiev Conservative leader Tim Hudak speaks during a local function in this tbnewswatch.com file photograph. Wilson is running for the PC
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Harold Wilson, right, watches on as Ontario Progressiev Conservative leader Tim Hudak speaks during a local function in this tbnewswatch.com file photograph. Wilson is running for the PC's to represent Thunder Bay - Atikokan.
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By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Harold Wilson says the last time he ran for provincial office, the issues were almost exactly the same.

“That’s just sad,” the 52-year-old Wilson, running for the Conservatives in Thunder Bay-Atikokan, said, pointing to an over-abundance of government red tape and a bureaucracy that presents too many hurdles for businesses to succeed, especially in Ontario’s north.

That was in 1990, when Wilson jumped into the fray in the former Fort William riding, finishing third behind then Liberal leader Lynn McLeod and the NDP’s Don Hutsul.

Wilson, who spent time at the head of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, said his decision was made to re-enter the political arena when the Liberal government decided not to continue its plan to convert the Thunder Bay Generating Station to natural gas.

Not getting the answers he wanted from incumbent Bill Mauro, seeing a lack of interest on the part of the government to bring all the parties to the same table, he decided then and there to step into the fray again. 

“It was at that time that I said maybe this is something I could do,” he said.

Wilson believes Northern Ontario stands a lot to gain under a Conservative government, adding it’s not out of the realm of possibility to expect up to 20,000 of leader Tim Hudak’s promised million jobs to find their way into the region.

It starts with the Ring of Fire, a file Wilson believes the Liberals have bungled. Consultation with First Nations is a must.

“I understand not just the economic development opportunities that are there, but also some of the government issues that keep it from happening,” he said. “We need to get on track with this to make it happen.”

Wilson is also a backer of a proposed Thunder Bay event centre, and says he’ll fight for funding at Queen’s Park, if certain conditions are met.

“It has to maximize its value. You have make sure there are enough economic activities to make it worthwhile. It cannot be losing money,” he said.

Wilson is married. He and his wife Lena have three daughters.


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realist says:
And he'll finish in 3rd place again.
6/2/2014 11:23:41 AM
tsb says:
If Northern Ontario has so much to gain from a PC government, why has your leader not travelled beyond North Bay during the entire campaign?

I remember what life was like under Mike Harris in the 1990s. All I remember from then is mass layoffs and factories closing down, mass layoffs and hospitals closing down, mass layoffs and schools closing down, infrastructure projects being cancelled, municipal water supplies being declared unfit for human consumption, totally ineffective government at all three levels.

Never again.
6/2/2014 2:08:19 PM
mikethunderbay says:
and a vote for the ndp only helps these guys gain power because the ndp have no chance of forming government. Very scary thought
6/2/2014 2:44:43 PM
Truthandjustice says:
I also remember how life has been like under the current liberal government; largest tax increase in Ontario history, corruption like I can never remember; under the NDP my wife got the pleasure of Bob Rae days. People only vote for the party when the pain being inflicted is on someone else. In all honesty, government wage costs are out of line. I understand if you are employed by the government currently you want the liberals to get back in so that your life can be maintained, but seriously do you honestly think that the government's hand will be forced to cut back in the future?
6/2/2014 10:13:11 PM
Kelli says:
Im afraid that the people in this city and ON will make a grave mistake by voting PC
6/2/2014 2:22:16 PM
Magrat says:
Did anyone show up at this meet and greet. He should up offered free hot dogs and pop.
6/2/2014 3:11:13 PM
Tired of the critics on News Watch says:
Harold Wilson is a great candidate who deserves our vote . Especially against Billy "take credit for everything never associate with negative" Mauro.. Unfortunately people in NorthWest have an obsession with socialistic go to the trough of government attitude.. I am not a huge Hudak fan but believe in fiscal conservatism and the solid candidate Harold.. How can anyone vote for Wynn and the Liberal Pinkos who have corrupted this province> The budget they are basically running on is Wrong! Ontario will become more and more a have not business negative bankrupt province if left wing Liberals supported by Left wing NDP get in.. Such a shame..
6/2/2014 4:10:44 PM
theangryone says:
And Tamara Johnson of the Libertarian Party? Why is she not in "Meet the Candidates?"
6/2/2014 6:45:53 PM
ranma says:
Remember, Conservatives believe businesses can succeed only if the government cuts their taxes, hands them "grants" and allows them to fire people for no reason whatsover.

A vote for Tea Party Tim, is a vote for a depression.
6/2/2014 7:40:23 PM
sudbury yahoo says:
Tim Hudak didn't help Harold's cause by not showing up for the leaders' debate, opting instead for a press junket in Peterborough for 60 people. Can't change your schedule Tim? Northerners are pretty touchy about being ignored by the provincial government of southern Ontario and Hudak pretty much signaled that he doesn't respect us. He just wants our minerals.
6/2/2014 11:24:02 PM
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