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Fedeli to Wynne government: Don’t ignore the north in provincial budget

April 21, 2017

NORTH BAY – Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli has written to the Minister of Finance with a list of requests aimed at helping our Northern communities.

“Under this government life has become harder for the people of Northern Ontario. My constituents are working harder, paying more, but getting less. They can’t afford to be left behind by yet another Budget,” stated Fedeli

“Ontario’s debt burden continues to grow faster than the economy, and is crowding-out the essential services Northern communities rely on. We’ve seen cuts at the Atikokan general Hospital, Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre, Lake-of-the-Woods Hospital, Temiskaming Hospital, North Bay Regional Health Centre, Sault Area Hospital, St. Joseph’s Care Group, and the Timmins and District Hospital. This government needs to take immediate action and get the debt under control.”

“Unaffordable hydro in Northern Ontario causes countless to suffer every day. Skyrocketing hydro rates have resulted in businesses leaving our communities, taking with them good paying jobs, to families struggling to keep the heat on during the winter months. Your government must take immediate action to address the root of the problem.”

“Your government needs to stop hurting Ontario businesses and put an end to their cap-and-trade scheme. Disguised as an effort to address climate change, the cap-and-trade scheme is a tax grab that has put our businesses at a serious disadvantage.”

“An immediate moratorium on school closures needs to be included in the government’s upcoming budget. Our Northern communities shouldn’t have to live in fear, wondering if or when your government will decide to shut down a local school in an effort to balance the books.”

“The people of Ontario deserve better. We expect your government will include these recommendations in the upcoming budget,” concluded Fedeli.

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