Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 22, 2007 10:27 ET

Ontario NDP Leader Hampton Puts Forestry Jobs First in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2007) - As the only Party Leader to raise Northern issues in the televised Leaders' Debate earlier this week, Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton proved once again to be the champion of working families, standing up for a fair deal for Northern Ontario. Outlining his strategy to establish a new industrial hydro rate and re-invest Northern resource dollars back in Northern communities, Hampton offered hard-working families in the North hope for the future.

"Our 'Due North' plan will establish a new industrial hydro rate of $45 a megawatt hour for eligible Northern Ontario forest sector mills, starting Jan. 1, 2008," said Hampton. "Instead of sustaining Northern Ontario forestry jobs by lowering hydro rates for Northern communities, Dalton McGuinty gave himself a $40,000 raise, and allowed windfall profits for executives at Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation.

"The NDP would create a Northern Ontario Hydro-Electrical Corporation that would be owned and operated by the people of Northern Ontario, and run on a non-profit, power-at-cost basis," he said.

Northern Ontario has lost about 9,000 direct forestry jobs worth an estimated $869 million to the Northern economy. The loss of 45,000 forestry related jobs has taken hundreds and hundreds of millions out of the Northern economy. Municipalities are scrambling to provide services without the necessary tax base.

In addition, the NDP 'Due North' plan will put working families first by making sure resource dollars produced in the North are invested back in the North for the betterment of Northern communities and Northern families.

This will be done by setting aside government revenue generated through the Mining Profits Tax, the Crown Timber Charge and Water Rental Fees for the benefit of Northern Ontario.

"We have six commitments you can count on: a health tax rebate of $450 per person; high quality public education; affordable colleges and universities; reduced hospital wait times and improved health care; protection of our children's health and environment; and measures to protect good jobs," said Hampton.

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