Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 11, 2007 18:30 ET

Hampton Challenges McGuinty, Tory to Northern Debate

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - NDP Leader Howard Hampton came to visit working families in Thunder Bay today with a challenge for Dalton McGuinty and John Tory - Hampton wants a leader's debate focused on the priorities of Northern Ontario's working families.

"Dalton McGuinty may have forgotten Northern Ontario working families. New Democrats haven't. That's why I'm throwing down the gauntlet and calling on Mr. McGuinty and John Tory to join me in a debate in a Northern community, a debate that focuses on issues that matter to working families in Northern Ontario," Hampton said.

"The McGuinty Liberals have taken Northwestern Ontario for granted," Hampton said. "Dalton McGuinty's record is one broken promise after another. Now he's trying to re-sell working families the same promises he's already broken. But the people of Northwestern Ontario won't buy it. McGuinty's record is sticking to him."

While Thunder Bay's NDP candidates, Jim Foulds and John Rafferty looked on, Hampton added:

"Dalton McGuinty will say anything and promise anything to get elected, but will break those promises after the election. Northern Ontario working families can't count on him."

Instead of sustaining Northern Ontario forestry jobs by lowering hydro rates for Northern communities as Hampton is proposing, McGuinty gave himself a $40,000 raise, then created a multi-million dollar slush fund that was shut down by the provincial auditor.

"The working families of Thunder Bay expect fairness - and they can depend on Ontario's NDP to deliver," Hampton said.

"We need your help to elect NDP MPPs in Thunder Bay, who will fight for a fair deal for their community. John and Jim are terrific community leaders who know the value of hard work, and who want to work hard for you," said Hampton.

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