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Northerners will not accept less: Mantha

Wednesday, February 27, 2013   by: Staff



NDP: ServiceOntario cuts unfairly target North

QUEEN’S PARK - Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha made the following statement in the legislature yesterday after the government made further cuts to ServiceOntario hours and jobs in the community and throughout the North.

“Northerners who rely on these counters in Manitouwadge, Wawa, Chapleau, along the North Shore and on Manitoulin Island will now have their hours of operation cut in half.

“This government claims that the effected sites were low-volume but of these 22 sites 21 of them are located in Northern Ontario, once again denying Northerners the same access to these services in comparison to the rest of the province.

"These cuts will have a negative impact on local businesses, local economy as well as employees who will experience reduced hours or job loss.

“ServiceOntario generates $2.7 billion annually in revenue for the province, on an operating budget of only $270 million. With these large revenues, why are Northerners made to suffer yet again.

“The government made its intent to privatize ServiceOntario clear last February, something that is cause for great concern. We know all too well what can happen with privatization.

"Northerners are not asking for more but will certainly not accept less.”


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W. Yote 2/27/2013 11:17:45 AM Report

Northern Ontario needs it's own Governance. We have the resources to be more than self sustainable.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/27/2013 11:43:48 AM Report

Problem as I see it is most Northerners don't want to be self sustainable....they want someone else (papa Harper and co) to take care of them.
That's why they support the status quo, no?
They want to go to Walmart and buy their shit for as cheap as possible rather than promote local producers and farmers that would benefit themselves, their families, their community, etc.

Doesn't mean we shouldn't lead by example.
Justin Tetreault 2/27/2013 11:45:36 AM Report

They have equal access to the services online. Would the NDP rather pay 2-3 staff people to sit behind a counter for 8 hours to serve 1 person?

It seems like the NDP puts out a press release spouting some nonsense about the North
learningaswego 2/27/2013 11:56:23 AM Report

In answer to your question Justin, the answer is yes, of course they would!

What's glaring about Mantha's news release, is - and it's no surprise - he completely overlooks the FACT about the low volume usage. And of course that there will still be services available, just not as many hours. I'll bet if you could poll the people in those communities, they reply would be a resounding yawn.
Koolaid 2/27/2013 2:07:21 PM Report

Make Northern Ontario a Different province , and we won't have these problems.
Justin Tetreault 2/27/2013 3:40:51 PM Report

If you think that a population of 732,914 (not all of whom are tax payers) can support infrastructure over an area of 843,000 square kilometers you are crazy.

You'd have a province roughly the same population of New Brunswick but over a land mass over 10 times the size.

All of this "Northern tax dollars are being used to build highways in southern Ontario" is ridiculous.

How much in provincial taxes do you think Sooites pay and how much has been built in recent years? More than our share for sure.
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