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History repeats itself when local man picked for MNR

Tuesday, February 12, 2013   by: Rick McGee

Monday’s provincial cabinet appointments included a familiar local ring for long-time political observers.

Sault MPP David Orazietti became the Liberal government's Minister of Natural Resources yesterday.

Bud Wildman assumed the same cabinet post in 1990, shortly after Bob Rae led the NDP to power in Ontario.

An Echo Bay resident, Wildman was MPP for Algoma from 1975 until 1999.

While serving as Minister of Natural Resources, he also held ministerial responsibility for Native Affairs.

Wildman was promoted in February 1993, becoming Minister of the Environment and Energy.

Again, he continued to oversee Native Affairs.

After leaving provincial politics, Wildman went on to serve the Sault and vicinity in other significant ways.

As chair of the Algoma University board of governors, he played a central role in helping the rapidly growing institution gain independence.

In 2011, Wildman and his daughter Tiana (photo) co-chaired a highly successful United Way fundraising campaign that exceeded its financial target.

Orazietti also served on the Algoma's board and has worked to advance the university.

And both men were high school teachers before becoming full-time politicians.

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true canadian 2/12/2013 12:41:07 PM Report

lets hope that Dave has some brains, and not screw things up like Bud Wildman did,,,
honda1984 2/12/2013 12:53:31 PM Report

well true canadian dont hold your breath look what he did with the windmills and our power bills
ehbcd2 2/12/2013 12:55:58 PM Report

Let's hope he cancels the deal with a U.S. company issuing our hunting and fishing licenses. This is one of the things we have a provincial government for (MNR), if they're going to sub out their work at our expense,(while we're still paying them) what do we need them for? We're paying twice for the same service.
rocky312 2/12/2013 1:03:52 PM Report

Doubt that Orazietti will ever be able to fill Wildman's shoes. Bud has integrity.
shorty38 2/12/2013 1:18:08 PM Report

I could be wrong but I think when Mr Wildman was the MNR Minister, the Kirkwood Tree farm was shut down putting many locals out of work in the Thessalon area, also the government of the day then gave 5 million dollars for a tree farm start up in Wawa, just a little waste of tax payers money.
Mr Orazetti while sitting on the McQuinty team, shut down parks and kicked out the few tourists we had using them, locals told where they could camp, not where they wanted to go, wants to put windmills and whatever else on our pristine land, closed roads and trails for local residents on crown land, and we have no idea what the appointed premier or the increased staff will come up with.
This sure looks like more of the same waste to me.
Whatever1977 2/12/2013 4:00:03 PM Report

A USA company does NOT issue our hunting and fishing licenses. They only print the outdoors cards.
Kishido 2/12/2013 5:39:22 PM Report

The new premiere said she will continue the McGuinty tradition. So count on the same ole same ole from this Liberal government
Kishido 2/12/2013 5:40:54 PM Report

The new premiere said she will continue the McGuinty tradition. So count on the same ole same ole from this Liberal government
ehbcd2 2/12/2013 6:11:16 PM Report

Been a while since you bought a license? Your tag comes from the States.

Conservative MPP Laurie Scott, who said the Ministry of Natural Resources’ move to contract out hunting and fishing licenses to a Tennessee company is raising alarm bells across the province.
Norm 2/12/2013 6:57:22 PM Report

I think if an election was called now, the NDP would likely get in. I'm not a big NDP fan, but I think they would be better than the relatively useless Liberals. Hudak is not quite strong enough to put the Tories in power.
Justin Tetreault 2/12/2013 7:43:30 PM Report

This isn't news. It's a sad attempt to try to remove some shine from David's accomplishment by saying "oh someone else did this before".

And what exactly did Wildman do while Minister? Gutted the Ministry and created exactly 0 local jobs. Now he's sitting on his fat pension trying to keep his name in the news. Let's congratulate David for his hard work and leave Bud Wildman to the dustbin of history.
Justin Tetreault 2/12/2013 7:46:23 PM Report

Bud Wildman "played a central role in the independence of Algoma U" and David only "played a role". Geeze. David was only the MPP who lobbied Dalton and the Minister to make it happen while Celia Ross resisted and when Bud Wildman could have made Algoma U independent in the 90s the first time they applied when Bud was a minister the NDP rejected Algoma U.

This piece is NDP propeganda garbage.
danno2257 2/12/2013 11:11:47 PM Report

Justin,we can't afford the Liberals any longer or for another term its a shame if you can't see how long it will take us to get out of the mess they put us in.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$dept.
Justin Tetreault 2/12/2013 11:58:50 PM Report

It's spelled debt.
1960 2/18/2013 9:20:53 PM Report

I sure hope that Dave will change the way that people camp on crown land and be able to camp longer then 21 days or we should have more access to camping on crown land and some that lease crown land and own a business need to not be so discrimating to whom the want camping on their sites and learn to share the lake or even give someone else a chance to take over the lease seeing he has had it for a long time. So Dave we need changes made to camping on crown land, why so many rules we need to live and have fun camping and fishing and teach our kids and grandchildren how to respect our lakes and forest.
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