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Northern MPP wants audit of Liberals' ONTC 'fire sale'

Monday, February 25, 2013   by: Staff




Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli plans to again ask for a formal audit of the government’s fire sale of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission.

Fedeli made the pledge in a Members’ Statement this afternoon in the Ontario Legislature.

“Speaker, many Northerners including myself were very disappointed to hear recent comments from the Premier and the new Northern Development Minister that they plan to continue full steam ahead with their fire sale,” Fedeli said in his statement.

“Last fall, I wrote to the Auditor General detailing how this fire sale will achieve no savings. Sadly, the Legislature was prorogued and my request could not be advanced. I plan to move a motion at Committee this week to once again ask the Auditor to formally investigate the government’s sale plans to examine the true financial picture.

Fedeli reiterated the Ontario PC position that Ontario Northland rail freight is strategically-critical infrastructure to economic development and private sector job creation in the North, and thus must remain publicly owned.

“One approach is the New Deal for Ontario Northland which proposes a publicly-owned rail transportation solution for the vital Ring of Fire mining development,” Fedeli said.

“The best way to transport ore is by rail, and an economic analysis study released on Friday supports that position,” added Fedeli.

“The ONTC can and should play a vital role in developing this once-in-a lifetime mineral discovery.”


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Zing 2/25/2013 5:54:32 PM Report

Good luck on that request, but you are in for a disappointment.
cjborg 2/25/2013 6:59:56 PM Report

We will have to wait to see if Wynne will include this blunder in her so called "discussion" points program of action..

I really can't think of anything major the Liberals have done in the past 8 years or so that makes much economic sense.... just one example is the cancelled Gas Plants.. when will the public get a full and detailed report on this fiasco????
I'm In 2/25/2013 7:24:22 PM Report

Yeah, but we have David O as the new minister, all he does is tow the party line, get ready for an election folks
Kishido 2/25/2013 8:16:29 PM Report

Our elected representatives (government ) are voted by the people, but unfortunately, they are not for the people. Same happens sadly in all governments world wide.
Justin Tetreault 2/25/2013 10:03:04 PM Report

Yawn. I guess the PCs want government to shovel more money into this money loser that no one rides.
W. Yote 2/25/2013 11:18:15 PM Report

When you have a conservative fighting for a publicly funded piece of infrastructure, you know it IS critical to the Northern Ontario economy.

How about using some of the mining royalties that come from Northern Ontario to pay for infrastructure in the North, instead of building rail lines and highways in the South.

As Northern Ontarian's we need to stand together as 1. We should be electing MPP's whose only interest is what is good for the North. Not liberals, NDP or PC. A party for the North!
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