Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is sharing her vision of change for the better across the Kenora Rainy-River District. In her visit to the Northwestern Ontario Municipalities Association in Kenora, she emphasized significant investments that an NDP government would make in the North.

“The hardworking people of Northern Ontario built this province into the great place it is today, and you deserve to see your priorities, and your ambitions, represented at all levels of government,” said Horwath.

“I am offering Ontarians a plan that offers real change for the better for municipalities, families, and businesses across the North. Ontario’s New Democrats have deep roots in the North, and we have a real plan to invest here. We will create good jobs across the resource development sector – the kind of jobs young people can raise a family on – including igniting the Ring of Fire with a $1 billion investment.”

Horwath says that the NDP would bring improved access to health-care services, expanding natural gas and high-speed internet infrastructure and moving forward on the Ring of Fire.

Horwath also warns potential constituents about the massive cuts that she says Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives would bring. She says that Ford has over $6 billion in cuts planned across the board, and he would privatize services as much as possible. Horwath says that the cuts will further strain the northern health-care system, and threaten community services and programs.

Horwath adds that she would reduce hydro bills by 30 per cent and end northern and rural delivery charges. She also says that she will end the price differences that northerners see at the gas pump.

“I’m letting Ontarians across the province know that they don’t have to settle for bad or worse. An NDP government will partner with municipalities to invest in the services and infrastructure Northern families depend on, and we’ll undo the damage done by decades of cuts and privatization at the hands of Liberal and Conservative governments. That’s change for the better for the North, and all Ontarians,” she added.

Horwath then detailed a few more of her commitments in Northern Ontario:

- Lighting the Ring of Fire with a $1 billion investment,
- Restoring the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund to $550 million, and continuing to grow it,
- Investing $100 million in natural gas expansion to rural Ontario, and use Ontario-grown bio-fuels,
- Spending $1 billion to bring broadband service to rural and northern communities,
- Bringing winter road maintenance back into public hands,
- A moratorium on school closures,
- A Northern Rail Strategy, which will include getting Ontario Northlander’s passenger service rolling again,
- End regional price differences for gas, so Northerners won’t be gouged at the pump anymore.

The provincial election is set for June 7.

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