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'ONTC belongs in the hands of MTO,' Fedeli

Friday, October 05, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNipissing MPP Vic Fedeli
News Release

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The province’s recently released recommendations for the Federal Long-Term Infrastructure Plan prove Ontario Northland needs to be moved to a new ministry, Nipissing
MPP Vic Fedeli charged today.

On page 11 of the document from the Ministry of Infrastructure, it states “Transportation infrastructure is particularly critical for the development of northern communities.”

It further states “Transportation infrastructure connects northern communities with one another, connects goods to international markets, and delivers essentials like food, fuel and emergency services to remotes communities.”

“If this doesn’t describe a vision for the future role of Ontario Northland, I don’t know what does,” said Fedeli.

“This is rock solid proof that Ontario Northland needs to be transferred from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, which clearly doesn’t get it, and into the MTO.”

Fedeli notes the Northern Growth Plan – a product of the Northern Development Ministry -- by contrast, made no mention of Ontario Northland when it was first released three years ago.

“It’s clear given the way the government’s ONTC fire sale has been carried out that this file needs to be taken out of Rick Bartolucci’s inept hands,” Fedeli said.

“The Ontario PC party would not hesitate to move responsibility for the ONTC to the MTO, which can integrate Ontario Northland’s assets into a provincial transportation strategy,” Fedeli added.

“It would also give Ontario Northland much needed access to the province’s capital envelope. My party views the ONTC as strategically critical infrastructure for private sector job creation and economic development in the North.”

Fedeli reiterated his call for Northern mayors, businesses and residents to help push Premier McGuinty to ensure that Ontario Northland’s rail freight division remains publicly-owned.

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miles 10/5/2012 12:29:44 PM Report

Am I the only one that is beginner to become a bit disillusioned with Vic?
miles 10/5/2012 12:32:08 PM Report

Stupid auto correct. I meant "beginning".
It just seems like it is all just political rhetoric. I mean the train has left the station so to speak.
Oldtimer 10/5/2012 2:45:18 PM Report

Nice 'save' if it happens.
Justice for All 10/5/2012 7:21:34 PM Report

No, Miles, you are not alone.

Vic ran for a party that had committed to sell the ONTC nine years ago.

Vic spent most of his last years in municipal government criticizing MP Monique Smith, so that he (apparently) could run against her.

Vic made many promises as Mayor such as bringing big industries to North Bay and leasing out the NORAD hole. Do you see any of these?

Vic seems to be still making unrealistic promises. No?

To many people's way of thinking Vic wants to be leader of the provincial Con party, (just like Mikey) when Hudac bows out. Remember what he did for North Bay and the north? Zero, zilch, nada.
Why would we want an encore?
IGuard 10/6/2012 4:53:57 PM Report

Unrealistic promises? Like watching an advertisement? Well he did own an advertising company so....
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