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Celia questions Kathleen's commitment

Tuesday, May 27, 2014   by: Staff




Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne won’t commit to keeping OLG jobs safe in Sault Ste. Marie.

When asked if local jobs were safe under her OLG privatization scheme, Wynne could only say that she didn’t have a crystal ball.

But while Wynne won’t give a straight answer, New Democrats are committed to preserving jobs in the North.

“I have always believed in keeping our lottery in public hands and keeping the headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie,” said NDP candidate Celia Ross.


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Justin Tetreault 5/27/2014 1:16:34 PM Report

From Soo Today's coverage of the event:

"On issues of special interest to Sault Ste. Marie, Wynne repeated her stance that the Sault OLG office will retain its “head office” status (and jobs) as the corporation goes through its modernization process, though the OLG Chair and President still work at the Toronto OLG office."
northkidd2 5/27/2014 1:28:03 PM Report

Ms. Ross is totally incorrect in this statement! I was present at the event and it is correctly quoted in another news story right here on

"On issues of special interest to Sault Ste. Marie, Wynne repeated her stance that the Sault OLG office will retain its “head office” status (and jobs) as the corporation goes through its modernization process, though the OLG Chair and President still work at the Toronto OLG office"

Premier Wynne did mention a crystal ball but was she was referring to was what would happen to the OLG jobs in the future. She was simply stating that she didn't have a crystal ball to see what the future brings in regard to other political parties who could be running the province.

I strongly suggest that Celia get her facts straight before she shoots her mouth of to the media. Celia certainly wasn't at the event this morning to personally quote anyone.
Mr. Poster 5/27/2014 1:45:59 PM Report

Why were previous posts deleted from this subject ??
KiwiOnASticK 5/27/2014 2:03:45 PM Report

The problem with OLG jobs and modernization is that most Soo jobs are the ones being sold off to the private operator. The only real OLG employees left after modernization will be the senior management positions that are already in Toronto.
Entity 5/27/2014 2:43:09 PM Report

So the Liberal Government that pushed for lottery privatization,and who has overseen the process (Which includes cutting the VAST majority of corporate jobs in SSM) has suddenly changed their tune just before the election... How convenient.
learningaswego 5/27/2014 2:57:39 PM Report

As if Ross or any other Dipper would have ANY sway in the matter of lottery jobs.
If you were paying attention, they do not say they can GUARANTEE that all lottery jobs will stay in the Sault.
That is why it is important to pay very close attention to what these snake oil salesmen called "politicians" both say, and don't say during an election.

The politician that says honestly, something like....(for example if Hudak): our Plan IS TO create the right conditions (and these are what they are) for 1 million new PRIVATE SECTOR jobs to be created by 2018.....we can't guarantee that, but we do have a plan and one that is supported by these Ontario business groups to do so.

If a politician presents it that way, they will get a lot of support.
Justin Tetreault 5/27/2014 3:00:07 PM Report


How has the Liberal government changed their tune? They have been consistent for years that the OLG head office is not going anywhere.

Aug 2013-

Oct 2013-

KiwiOnASticK 5/27/2014 3:06:51 PM Report


You're right, the Liberals have been using the same quote all along about head office. But when our mayor asked the premier to clarify the definition of "head office", the response was vague enough that a cardboard box with the words "head office" written on the side and no employees inside would classify as a head office.
Truck 5/27/2014 3:37:32 PM Report

A head office in the Soo with minimal OLG employees...Senior (Conduct and Manage) jobs. Rank and file (almost everyone) will be sold to the lowest bidder!
RStephens 5/27/2014 3:45:48 PM Report

Who cares what Celia Ross believes.
Justin Tetreault 5/27/2014 4:14:16 PM Report

Uh oh. This looks even worse for the NDP campaign. Direct quote from the event via the Sault Star:

"Premier Kathleen Wynne emphatically said that a Liberal government will keep Ontario Lottery and Gaming headquarters in Sault Ste. Marie.

“Nothing has changed,” the Liberal leader said during an election campaign stop in Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday.

“I am committed to keeping the headquarters here in Sault Ste. Marie and keeping those jobs here. It's very important to me that we recognize that is what's working,” she said....

Wynne said she has made “a firm commitment and it's very important to me that we have those jobs here and we make Sault Ste. Marie a gaming centre of excellence because the expertise is here. That is our commitment and we'll stick with it.”"
Hmmm 5/27/2014 5:27:47 PM Report

Mark Twain said it best when he proclaimed, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Are any of the parties truly “deserving” of our support? They each speak untruths with regularity. Ms. Ross, what makes you any different?
OrlandoFlorida 5/27/2014 5:30:59 PM Report

Employee jobs at OLG are secure for 12 months after the company privatized. Geographically the jobs must stay in the Soo, after the 12 months are up the new owners can move employees out or they can let them go. OLG provides 2 Billion dollars net to the province, after the Crown Corp is sold guess who then gets a cut of sales, thats right the new owners, end result the province gets less money and jobs will be moved out of the Soo. The Liberals agreed the Head Office will remain but what they don't tell you is the Auditor General just released her report, that states that using OLG provided employment numbers, the Foster drive location will lose the bulk of its employees.
Entity 5/27/2014 5:57:11 PM Report

Justin Tetreault:

I did not comment on the location of head office, my comment was directed at the projected job loss; Wynne now claims the jobs will be kept here, which is a statement diametrically opposed to OLG statements (Re: Auditor General report, page 41)

Where SSM Casino is concerned, Wynne's statement is factually correct, though disingenuous; because running the Sault casino without workers is impossible. But those jobs will be outsourced to a private sector service provider.

Where Foster Drive is concerned, the OLG has gone on record saying that 795 jobs will be cut from Foster Drive and two offices in Toronto. One of those Toronto offices has less than 100 workers, the other Toronto office is expected to "experience minimal impact"

It's all in the auditor general's report.

Lay off the Kool Aid.
rockbanger 5/27/2014 7:48:21 PM Report

Ms. Ross

Please ask Orazietti, why he gave Essar Steel the OK to not fund the pension fund properly for the next ten years.

He cannot say that the workers voted on it, they were cohered... The workers would have never voted on this item if Orazietti had done his job when Essar first approached him and he just said no Essar, you must fund the plan as the law states.

The unions were then strong armed and told bankruptcy was imminent if the union members did not vote yes to a "different" funding formula.

Dave is no friend of the 2251 or the 2724 USWA local unions.

Do you think Dave knows why Essar has not paid their bills?

Dave is out for Dave.
Justin Tetreault 5/27/2014 11:30:58 PM Report


The head of OLG wrote a letter disputing the auditor general's report.
dadal 5/28/2014 5:55:15 AM Report

The ONLY spot of truth in this statement from the NDP leader is IF the local casino is sold then the Liberals CANNOT guarantee the jobs here. But that has NOTHING to do with the OLG office, only the casino.

Nice Celia, stay with your parrot speach. I've given her several chances. I've watched countless interviews. And EVERY time she is asked about her party views of the future, stance on jobs, etc ALL she does is say how the Liberals have been evil for the Province and caused scandals. She has yet to give a real answer without lashing out at the Liberals.

Heck even the PC joker with his millions of jobs promise is pretending to project an Ontario future, even though he plans on removing Public sector AKA teacher jobs. And promised 10,000,000 jobs without saying if these are full time, perm or just more Tim Horton positions in Ontario.

I must admit the new direction the NDP are following is a dissapointment. I usually consider between the NDP and Liberals but her attitude, lack of honesty in replies and nastiness has made me decide to stay with My Do Nothing Orazetti and the Liberals. At least Wynne is TRYING to make things better.
Mr. Poster 5/28/2014 7:24:33 AM Report

Two big mistakes for the NDP
1. Horwath..should have gone along with Liberal budget.Wishy washy..slow starter out of the gate....taking the party away from its original intent(heading right)
2.CELIA ROSS...she was soundly defeated last time. Was no one else available to run?
MYPOINT 5/28/2014 8:13:05 AM Report

The only time you know for sure that a politician is lying is when their mouth is moving and sound is coming out of it.

I think every voter in this Country should start demanding that there be some way to fire any and all politicians who make promises that they have no intention of keeping AFTER they have STOLEN our votes. To continue on with the nonsensical way we vote right now is to continue down the same slippery slope we have for generations.

When a politician lies to us and steals our votes due to these lies being espoused ( Could this not even be considered a 'breach of contract' ), we the voters, have no recourse other than to wait for a very long 4 years or so to kick them out of office. This simply MUST be changed or we will never have any honest answers from any politicians.

As always, this is only my opinion :)
johnnyc 5/29/2014 11:22:37 AM Report

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