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Sault NDP gets ready for campaign

Friday, May 02, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

Ontarians will be going to the polls June 12.

After Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath said Friday her party cannot support Premier Kathleen Wynne’s minority Liberal government’s budget, which was unveiled Thursday in the Ontario legislature, Wynne called on Lieutenant Governor David Onley to officially dissolve the House.

Horwath has said Liberal scandals and broken promises are the reasons her party is withdrawing its support from the Liberals.

Celia Ross, the provincial NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie (pictured), says she is ready to start her campaign. 

Ross, an Algoma University professor of French literature who served as the postsecondary institution’s president from 1998 to 2010, said she agrees with Horwath’s view.

“The Liberals brought in a budget that made 70 promises, 50 of which have new spending commitments at a time when Ontario budgets aren’t showing surpluses, they’re showing deficits year after year…this budget has a bigger deficit by $3.4 billion over last year,” Ross told Friday.

“It’s a lot of spending promises and not enough to address the need to create jobs and stabilize our economy.”

“It’s not a progressive budget, it includes certain measures that we really disagree with such as corporate giveaways and it does not address the need for job creation,” Ross said.

Last year’s deficit budget passed with NDP support, but is the NDP now saying ‘enough’ to deficit budgets?

“What the NDP is saying is that when promises are made we need to see them fulfilled, for example, in last year’s budget the Liberals took up a proposal from the NDP to reduce auto insurance by 15 percent and we haven’t seen this happening.”

“They also said wait times for home care are going to go down and we haven’t seen that happen,” Ross said.

“Another thing that really does disturb me, because it’s a fairly simple one to implement, is that the NDP said ‘there have been a lot of scandals and a lot of mismanagement, let’s have a financial accountability office,’ and the Liberals agreed to this.”

“The Liberals said it would be open and running by December, it’s now May and there’s no financial accountability office,” Ross said.

“Another promise the Liberals haven’t brought to fruition is the Northern Ontario Growth Plan.”

“That plan has been in place for quite a while now and nothing is happening…all these things concern me.” 

“They don’t keep their promises and this budget comes out with a slew of promises…we can’t trust them to keep them and use taxpayers dollars in the best interests of the people of Ontario.”

As NDP candidate for Sault Ste. Marie, Ross said she will be rolling out ‘over the next couple of weeks’ what she will be campaigning for locally, just as the party rolls out its broader provincial platform.

“I’m all for good planning and implementing promises that are made for the benefit of communities and for the province, so I’m very supportive of this call for an election and I’m ready to go and campaign.”

“Something I’m very proud of, and this comes from Statistics Canada, is that NDP governments provincially have had the most balanced budgets and the least deficits of all parties,” Ross said. 

“I know the NDP, not just short-term but long-term, will put measures in place that will benefit people not only next year but will create an economy that will benefit the people of Ontario for many, many years.”


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Eagles Fan. 5/2/2014 3:43:02 PM Report

So I'm sure we can trust that the NDP won't make any empty promises, right Celia?? Excuse me while I go vomit!!!
ranny 5/2/2014 3:51:31 PM Report

Hard to trust NDP after backing the Liberal Gas plant and ORNGE incident. Took how long before they stopped backing the Liberal?
IgnorantNortherner 5/2/2014 3:52:03 PM Report

You guys aren't going to like hearing this but lean in real close as it's vitally important you realize this sooner rather than later so that we can all move forward and establish a government

There can be NO MORE "lesser of the evils" voting mentality as all that does is create exponentially more evil with every voting cycle. Real change becomes impossible and a slow decline inevitable.

It doesn't matter what TEAM you subscribe to because the corruption, coercion, theft and lies are so deep rooted in the culture of each of the current political "options" and their career politicians that there is ZERO chance of saving face. This should be obvious to all of you by now.

They are ALL just multiple heads of the same beast that must first be struck down IN ITS ENTIRETY before we can start anew and install people that will REALLY work for your best interests. Real short terms, no crazy financial incentive, anyone caught taking corporate handouts gets life in the slammer, etc.

I just think the least we can do for future generations and what we absolutely owe them is to hand off a functional government that will work for them, rather than the other way around.
rockbanger 5/2/2014 3:54:19 PM Report

Ms. Ross

You are the most educated, experienced person in public life that this city has had in many years. Thank you for offering your services.

Your time at AUC as the boss is an example of your skills. I am an old fan... I know your hubby and son from theatre and will be voting for you.

I will actually be down and volunteering for you.

Let the meat-heads fall off the table... we have a contender here. You can someday sit as premier of this great province.

Now Sault Ste. Marie wake up and checkout the skills this lady possess... Ms. Ross is the best the Sault and area has to offer.

Don't be fooled by the person who holds office now. He is not even close to this ladies skill set or abilities.
MYPOINT 5/2/2014 4:01:09 PM Report

is as follows ...

IF HORWATH gets voted in = we are not exactly sure but we remember the RAE days of yesteryear.

IF HUDAK gets voted in = union bashing because he has already stated that he wants to rip up valid contracts that are in place right now.

IF WYNNE gets voted in = same ole , same ole as the Old Dalton gang.

It really does not matter who you vote for as long as you take the time to vote. Please keep in mind that if you do not vote, you really do not have any right to complain about the Government you end up with.

Of course, your views may differ :)
Twistinwrenches 5/2/2014 4:05:56 PM Report

We have to get this provinces financial house in order. Its going to take some tough decisions to do it.
Brietsy 5/2/2014 4:08:50 PM Report

IgnorantNOrtherner, are you sugesting rebellion/anarchy?

I'd suggest against that. I like hospitals, and teachers, and roads, and police a little too much for that
Lostclause 5/2/2014 4:16:24 PM Report

Big business pockets billions upon billions of dollars, all thanks to the tax breaks doled out by both the liberals and conservatives. With the ever widening gap between rich and poor, whee the rich get rich and the poor get poorer, the middle class getting squeezed and the sorry state of our economy, I'll be more than happy to see what the NDP can actually do if given a fair chance.

Banks show massive profits every quarter, but still hike fees and costs every chance they get. I'd love to see less news about that, and more news about new hospital services or local business getting a boost. I'd rather see the money given to those who get up and go to work/school every day and bust their butts to see their own kids through school or give them a better life, than to see yet another millionaire save 40 grand next tax year.
Lostclause 5/2/2014 4:18:02 PM Report

Also lets not forget the scandals that both the liberals and the conservatives are all a part of. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...
rockbanger 5/2/2014 4:19:41 PM Report

Anyone who bases Ms. Ross on Bob Rae and his Rae-days is stuck in the 1980s.

No politician will ever try such a thing like that again.

But if you think back Rae-Days were quite palatable as compared to Mike Harris' regime or the McGuinty swindlers.

Give Ms. Ross and her NDP a chance. Goodness knows things have changed.

If your also stuck on socialism. Then you must hate 90% OF THE PUBLIC PROGRAMS WE HAVE BOTH FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL.

If it was not for the NDP that steel mill to the end of Queen St. would have been pushed in the river decades ago.

Wake up and do not live too far in the past.

Ms. Ross is a mover and shaker with brains. A lady and someone who has built her own reputation.

The last thing we need is to vote in another term of the red machine...Liars and thieves.
anapeg 5/2/2014 4:20:36 PM Report

Ignorant Northerner, you sir, are ignorant in name only. If people take one thing only away from this NEWS is to read, understand and work toward a government that can be well and truly trusted to do the right thing, Party lines be damned. In my eyes this is if not the best then one of the top posts I have ever read, here of elsewhere. I salute you.
rockbanger 5/2/2014 4:37:44 PM Report

Ignorant Northerner

I salute you for saying it like it is.

This town is famous for voting the status quo.... For no good reason.

This time we can affect change and voting in the red machine is a vote for the status quo and that would be a very bad mistake.

Now we will hear many who say...but look at the money the red machine dumped her in the Soo. Well look at the amount of this money that is now debt and needs to be refinanced at very high rates.
Look at the 3P method of financing the new hospital... this only makes a very few select fat-cats at the top of the banking world much richer than a normal financing method would allow. This has and is an example of how the banks and big business run the government.

Vote for real change. Hold the elected ones accountable. No more long term members who get fat giving out borrowed monies like drunken sailors.

Ignorant Northerner your-blog is an example of what FREE SPEECH is all about. Thank YOU for the courage and know many tax paying people support your ideology. We all want government to represent the people and not the banks.
learningaswego 5/2/2014 4:45:46 PM Report

Right on - can't wait to hear the local Dipper from the wealthy elite - as usual, tell all the "poor" people how the Dippers feel their pain.
Lone24 5/2/2014 4:48:06 PM Report


IgnorantNortherner is just stating the way it really is with our government. I agree with him 100%.
learningaswego 5/2/2014 4:53:22 PM Report

Even as gawd awful bad the provincial Liberals are - and they ARE - local voters will re-elect Orazietti, simply because he, AND the Libs, are considered by far the lesser of the two evils.
Local voters like David O., but despise the Liberals. He will lose some support from last time; but even local voters aren't DUMB enough to elect the NDP here again.

Now, if by some miracle, the PC's find and run a really exceptional candidate, they might have a shot. But, unless they have some secretly hidden gem, that isn't happening.
B Boy 5/2/2014 4:58:32 PM Report

Suddenly Ignorant Northern is being hailed as a genius when in other comments he's bashed to no end.

Just an observation that I find amusing.
rockbanger 5/2/2014 5:02:22 PM Report

From zero to hero... hero to zero....?

The practice of censorship is powerful and counter productive to the well being of the general public.

Ignorant Northerner hit it on the head of the nail with a full swing.

Neocons be weary of the people assembling for real change.
steelworker 5/2/2014 5:03:45 PM Report

Crikey: Craig Oliver invoked the name of St. Jack at least 4 times on CTV today. According to him it's all Horwaths' and Hudaks' fault that poor Kathy Wynne was forced to put the people of Ontario through another election. As for Celia Ross; meh. A political dilletante from the elitist NDP (We feel your pain commoners).
rockbanger 5/2/2014 5:09:59 PM Report

Craig Oliver is an avaricious media loudmouth.

Canadian media is just as the US.. Bought and paid for by the money behind the politicians.

Mark this down young Ben Mulroney will become a senator... Not because he deserves it... but because he said so many nice things about various political candidates along his way.

Senate needs to be abolished.
Canadian citizens must wake up and not try to imitate the morally bankrupt US system.
steelworker 5/2/2014 5:29:45 PM Report

Ben Mulroney is smart enough to stay out of politics. Young Trudeau is not that smart.
Gater 5/2/2014 5:35:09 PM Report


Now that is right on the mark. Very well said..
Hamguy 5/2/2014 5:45:44 PM Report

Ben Mulroney becoming a Senator ? Not as long as Harper's driving the Bus !!
Mr. Poster 5/2/2014 5:56:20 PM Report

Celia Ross should have gotten her feet went in politics by running for a ward seat on council. She is a political unknown and if you vote for her you know nothing about her political abilities.
IgnorantNortherner 5/2/2014 6:04:15 PM Report

*Warning* Attempt for longest post ever made below...

Brit, I see no reason why teachers, doctors, police or roads would disappear with the abolition of the current power structure. Presumably, we would still want to teach our kids things, heal the sick, have our property protected, want to travel, etc, yes?

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it"--Upton Sinclair

Perhaps that quote describes where you're coming from with your comment? I've been there before and it took me too long to start grasping the bigger picture.

I certainly do not believe violence is a solution. At the same time I recognize a vote for any of the current parties is a vote to maintain the status quo which is in the best interests of 0.0001% of Canadians, at best.

Whether we notice all of it or not we all deal with a lot of propaganda and sexism and race baiting and all kinds of tactics every single day that are highly effective in promoting the #1 goal of the "elite"


I believe there are seven (eight now?) plus billion people on this spaceship of ours and none of us are any more or less important than anyone else, regardless of how much pretty paper we own or what imaginary lines we live behind or the artificial differences we're always pointing to and pretending matter.

At the same time I'm a realist - we can't help anyone else if we can't help ourselves first - but if we can come to the conclusion I stated above, that what we have going on now (in the name of "our best interests", which is a bold face lie) is moving things in the wrong direction, and there is no reason to believe that direction will reverse without ousting the present power structure in its entirety, no exceptions (even if there are some genuinely good ppl in office), then we can create real, positive change.

We live on one of the largest freshwater bodies of water in the world with hundreds of freshwater lakes all around us. We have near unlimited (though intermittent) solar, wind and hydro power sources all around us.
"Crazy" does not describe what Saultites pay for water and energy every year! I don't know if a word exists. IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE AND IS ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY...but I'm getting way ahead of myself.

It starts with EVERYONE RECOGNIZING that we have a big problem that no one in Ottawa is going to solve for us, as much as we may want them to; that they can only make it worse and we need to start solving it ourselves
We don't need all the answers right now. We don't need to be scared that we don't have all the answers or all the 'what ifs' figured out...

We are creative, open minded, hard working people with a ton of practical knowledge and the only thing we should be scared about is what happens if we don't start taking action.
rockbanger 5/2/2014 6:22:56 PM Report

Being a city councillor is fine.

Being and possessing the needed skills to sit as president of a Canadian University is better.

Such a position brings great responsibility and Celia rose to the challenge and made an excellent name for herself. Looking at the success of AUC today is a reflection on her and her skill set.

The sitting member we have today was a high-school teacher with only a few years experience at best.

For my taxes I would like to see someone with a high level of education and superb ability to communicate and grow the organization SHE will represent, that being the Great Province of Ontario.
rockbanger 5/2/2014 6:27:54 PM Report

Hey Steelworker...

Note that Prime Minister Trudeau was loved by Canadians.

While Prime Minister Mulroney was loathed by Canadians.

In the end...The Love you Make.....!!
steelworker 5/2/2014 6:42:15 PM Report

Prime Minister Trudeau was loved by Canadians. Wow. You owe me a monitor.
rider_ 5/2/2014 6:50:16 PM Report

uh, are we having some kind of mixup? canada loved trudeau? i'm up here in north america, is there some shadow canada operating in central africa i was unaware of?
anapeg 5/2/2014 6:52:41 PM Report

As an aside to Ignorant Northerners tale, I read in the last week or two of a small city in Florida firing their complete police force and city hierarchy for fraud and being "on the take". If it can and has been done on that level it can be accomplished on a National level. RCMP and surrogates can do every bit as well as what we support now.
anapeg 5/2/2014 6:57:20 PM Report

Rock Banger; Trudeau was appreciated because he threw a party and invited the whole country and supplied everything on the governments dime.
The problem came when we all sobered up and it has taken how many years to get to where we are now. We cannot take another hangover like that one. I was there, I participated, I enjoyed, I AM paying to this day.
dicks 5/2/2014 7:20:09 PM Report

put them all in a bag shake it up pull one out no difference all lyres and thieves
busher 5/2/2014 7:20:41 PM Report

I would like to know where Ms Ross was when the $3oo,oo+ went missing from the school.
Would this be her example of running something with our money ?
rockbanger 5/2/2014 7:45:44 PM Report


Nice try... Lying Brian kept the unbalanced budget scenario rolling...

No one has stopped it since.

So the Liberals started it...but no one stopped it...Majority after Majority both Blue and then Red Again... But no one stopped it.

Voodoo economics...

rockbanger 5/2/2014 8:00:47 PM Report


Ross has been away from AUC Presidency for a number of years.. Most of this ladies thefts have been in the last 8-10 years.

More importantly... most thieves do not tell others within the organization what they are doing and most find an angle to manipulate their surroundings that is secretive and far from detection.

Try to comprehend... Most thieves that manipulate private monies use trickery and deceit. Relying on their original good name to avoid suspicion.

rockbanger 5/2/2014 8:04:17 PM Report


R U stating our police force should be fired for nasty things?


Just when the chief is retiring... The irony.
anapeg 5/2/2014 8:18:55 PM Report

Rockbanger; Not truly, it was more of a for instance thing. It can and has been done albeit not on as grand a scale as is being discussed here BUT it is none the less doable and in my eyes, necessary.
Gurpy 5/2/2014 8:28:02 PM Report

I disagree with you. Back when we had Tony Martin as our provincial representative, things were great! People will not vote David O back in because people are not satisfied with him! Ndp will be taking it this time around!
scottstewy123 5/2/2014 9:07:21 PM Report

In this election I am hoping the Conservatives have a half decent candidate this time around. Last election they parachuted in some nobody from Espanola. Everything that is in me wants to see a change. I may have to vote NDP even though I do not share the same ideals they have. I am so sick of of David O and his arrogant government. I am sick of the scandals the Liberal Government is involved with. Polititions are like diapers. They need to be changed often and many times they are full of crap.
I'm In 5/2/2014 10:00:50 PM Report

Andrea Horwath is the only choice, the ontario voters gave the liberals and pc's a chance for the past 14 years are you all better off today because of it. The working poor/middle working class paid for every increase such as health care, drivers licence renewals and vehicle insurance, increase's in your property assessments just to name a few while big business pays nothing and laughs at us. You want an economy to grow stop gouging the poor/middle working class, that's were we spend our money in the local/provincial economies while big business spends theirs off shore.
steelworker 5/2/2014 10:06:17 PM Report

The NDO would gouge the working class to pay for all their social programs and shut down business in Ontario with higher corporate taxes. Detroit North here we come.
Wisenheimer 5/2/2014 10:47:12 PM Report

So let me get this straight, the Liberals are horrible stewards of the public purse and only know how to tax and spend.
And the solution for many on here, is to vote in the NDP who are the rock stars of tax and spend.
Norm 5/2/2014 10:53:09 PM Report

The only way the Liberals will be ousted is if someone runs a star candidate. I believe the NDP failed to do so in Ross. The Tories need that boost if they expect to do anything. Not sure if they have anybody yet.
Zap 5/2/2014 11:13:12 PM Report

The ndp hate seniors citizens ?
suckerminnows 5/3/2014 2:37:15 PM Report

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