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Hughes joins Mulcair to discuss affordability issues in Sault

Thursday, January 23, 2014   by: Staff

(File photo of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and NDP MP Carol Hughes in Sault Ste. Marie, ON)



ELLIOT LAKE - People struggling just to keep up need to know their government has their back, and that just isn’t happening according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, MP, and Carol Hughes.

Hughes was commenting on NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s  Affordability Tour which stopped in Sault Ste. Marie yesterday before moving on to Thunder Bay.  

Hughes joined Mulcair at a public Town Hall session to promote New Democrat policy initiatives designed to address increased family debt, stagnant wages and the growing costs of everyday essentials.

“People in Northern Ontario know all too well that we are being gouged - at the pumps or even just for paying our bills,” said Hughes.

“More and more Canadians are living paycheque-to-paycheque and family budgets are stretched to the breaking point.

Mulcair says instead of helping to make life more affordable, Stephen Harper is making things worse.  

Tariffs from the last budget are hiking the price of everyday item while the government is handing nearly $20-billion in tax giveaways to large corporations.

“New Democrats have practical ideas that would make life more affordable,” said Hughes.

“Banning the ‘pay-to-pay’ charges for paper bills, capping ATM fees, ensuring that gas price fixing is not happening along with the creation of a Gasoline Ombudsman, and cracking down on pay-day lenders outrageous interest charges are realistic places to begin easing the pressure on household budgets.”

Hughes says that New Democrats believe we can have a balanced approach and a long-term vision for our economy that will allow business to succeed while making life more affordable for Canadian families.

“Canadians deserve a government that will focus on creating high-paying, good quality, middle-class jobs with decent benefits, a secure pension and enough of a salary to live on,” said Hughes.  

“The Conservatives have shown they don’t understand that or the need to address affordability issues to ensure household budgets aren’t nickeled and dimed at every turn.”

To read SooToday's earlier coverage of Thomas Mulcair's visit to the Sault click here.
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HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/23/2014 10:58:21 AM Report

"ensuring gas price fixing is not happening"

It's been happening for decades and is apparent to anyone with a triple digit IQ...the only ppl who can't seem to find any evidence of it are the committees regularly set up by your 'elected representatives' but THIS TIME the ndp will fix everything.


I wonder how much the "Affordability Tour" costs...
learningaswego 1/23/2014 12:30:06 PM Report

Well there you go eh, the Dippers have got your back. LOL

"back" (pocket) happens to be where most working people keep their wallet; so you can be sure if the Dippers ever did fluke a win to govern, they will
D0BBER 1/23/2014 12:56:04 PM Report

Its all well and good to pick apart the actions of government .. do you have any actual ideas of what could be done or do your skills only extend themselves to in finding fault instead of solutions ??

The suggestion of "lower gas prices" is a poor unthought out suggestion and has as much merit as "free food for everyone" ... Make your suggestion and then back it up with details of how that change can be achieved !!
learningaswego 1/23/2014 1:00:13 PM Report

Kommie Tommie's got your back, cuz Tommie hails from Quebec, that bastion of rock solid fiscal management...
Where government freebies abound, as long as they (Quebec) don't have to pay for them.
If you don't work for living, Kommie Tommie's your #1 guy!
If you work for a living, be afraid, and run like hell, if those Dipper bozos ever get near the public purse.
Sam The Dog 1/23/2014 1:01:39 PM Report

YA !! What both them said, and how about Electricity Rates in Northern Ontario and price of propane sky rocketing in one year.
Maybe Muclair and Hughes should be having "Tea & Crumpets" with Wynne?
amshld 1/23/2014 3:58:54 PM Report

Dobber :

Wow I am surprised you are looking for a solution???
Mayday? 1/23/2014 4:42:47 PM Report

Typical CONservatives responding to a progressive approach to crisis issues rather than regressive measures under the "Teflon Dons" current mafia style Gov.
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