THUNDER BAY, ONT. - An NDP government would invest in Ring of Fire mining infrastructure and reinstate the money-losing Northlander rail passenger service, says Andrea Horwath.
Horwath said Monday that only New Democrats will make “sure local resources are used to create local jobs, better health care and helping making life more affordable.”
“Are you ready for a government that respects you and respects the north,” she told about 60 supporters here to enthusiastic cheers.
The NDP leader unveiled a pamphlet the party calls “A Plan That Makes Sense For The North.”
Among the promises:
• an unspecified investment on the massive Ring of Fire chromite deposit in Northern Ontario.
• reviving Ontario Northland’s passenger rail service that the Liberals scrapped because so few people ride it that the subsidies were hefty.
• buying 200 more snowplows for the north to make roads safer.
• promoting a Buy Ontario strategy to encourage domestic industries.
• widening 60 km of highways each year.
• wean First Nations communities off diesel fuel by connecting them to the hydro grid.
“We know the north is under-serviced,” she said, adding a “corrupt Liberal government” is letting down northerners.
Horwath made her announcement before debating Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne here.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, who was 1,400 km away in Peterborough, skipped the northern issues debate due to a scheduling conflict.