Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 02, 2007 15:37 ET

Hampton: Only the NDP Can Be Counted on to Fight for Northern Jobs

KAPUSKASING, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty is letting jobs go down the drain in Northern Ontario by refusing to help out sawmills and pulp mills in trouble. Addressing a group of workers with Timmins - James Bay NDP candidate Gilles Bisson, Hampton outlined how NDP action has saved jobs in the North and can save them in the future.

"A quarter of a million working families in the forest industry need someone fighting on their behalf. They need a fair deal. They won't get that from Dalton McGuinty's Liberals," said Hampton. "The only way to make sure Northern families aren't let down again is to vote NDP."

Hampton spoke in front of the Tembec paper mill near Kapuskasing where action by the NDP government in the early 1990s led to partial ownership of the mill by workers and reduced energy costs that saved the mill and the community.

"The NDP is prepared to do what it takes to keep the forestry industry going in Northern Ontario. To start with, we will offer reduced and stable Hydro rates to forest companies that save jobs," said Hampton.

Two mills in the area, one at Opasatika and another at Smooth Rock Falls, have closed recently after the McGuinty Liberals refused to help out. One factor in job losses has been McGuinty allowing Hydro rates to increase by 45 per cent.

"Only the NDP has developed a plan to save jobs in the forest industry and preserve communities in the North. This plan stands in stark contrast to the broken promises of Dalton McGuinty, such as his pledge to hold the line on Hydro rates," Hampton said.

"The McGuinty years have been bad years for many working Ontario families, and that's why many people are looking at the NDP with its practical and proven solutions to problems such as those affecting the forest industry in the North."

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