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NDP sunk local jobs, says David O.

Thursday, May 29, 2014   by: Staff



Ontario Liberals Remain Committed to Taking Action to Fight Costly Invasives

In February, the Liberal government introduced the Invasive Species Act in the Provincial Legislature to better address the social, ecological and economic threats that invasive species pose to Ontario’s natural environment.

Unfortunately, the Invasive Species Act died when Andrea Horwath’s NDP decided to oppose the Liberal Budget and trigger a provincial election.

“Having introduced the Invasive Species Act and secured provincial funding for the Invasive Species Research Centre, I understand how important these jobs are to our community and to the entire province,” said David Orazietti, Liberal candidate. “The NDP killed not only this legislation, but 193 other bills that had spent countless hours moving through public consultation and parliamentary debate, to force an unnecessary election.”

The provincial Liberal government has supported the local Invasive Species Centre with $15 million toward the invasive species research initiative, including $1.6 million towards the facility, $800,000 for an invasive species research chair at Algoma University, and $4.9 million to support a variety of innovative projects, as well as on-going support for annual operating costs.

The Invasive Species Act would have:

  • Given Ontario the tools to ban activities, such as possessing and transporting certain invasive species, such as Asian Carp
  • Allowed the government to intervene earlier and enabled rapid response actions, including working with partners to stop an invasive species from spreading – for example by preventing the movement of contaminated firewood
  • Helped ensure compliance through modernized inspection and enforcement measures

In addition to being an environmental threat, invasive species are causing serious economic devastation:

  • The cost of managing invasive zebra mussels in Ontario alone is estimated at $75 million to $91 million per year, which includes costs to municipalities, businesses, and power producers
  • Asian Carp could cause a significant negative impact to the province’s $2.2 billion recreational fishing industry
  • In British Columbia the Mountain Pine Beetle has devastated forests and cost the BC government $917 million to date
  • Globally, the cost of invasive species to the environment and other sectors is estimated to be $1.4 trillion, which is the equivalent of five per cent of the global economy and seven times the cost of natural disasters

The provincial Liberal government’s Invasive Species Act received widespread support, including local backing from Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre who said: “The Invasive Species Centre is proud to work in partnership with Ontario…to combat invasive species in the province. The introduction of this proposed legislation would strengthen these partnerships and make our efforts to fight invasive species even more effective.”

Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters said that: “Preventing invasive species from arriving and becoming established in Ontario is of utmost importance.”


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derek 5/29/2014 4:11:25 PM Report

Like him or hate him (Liberals)

David O has brought tons of Money to Soo. Wake up people.

We only have one choice...

If you value education and health care...
Newsjunkie 5/29/2014 4:20:27 PM Report

Stop clouding the issue, David! This is NOT an 'un-necessary' election! The fact that the Liberal government survived the last 16 months since Dalton announced he was stepping down is solely because the NDP gave the Liberals a chance to clean up their act under Kathleen Wynne's Leadership - unfortunately the Liberal party failed miserably.

This election should have happened over a year ago, it's long overdue! Fair democratic process should never be classified as 'a waste of money'.

justsomeguy 5/29/2014 4:26:38 PM Report

If the liberals are so concerned about local jobs then why did they cut so many MNR CO jobs and sent the outdoors card contract out of the country and into the US?
Entity 5/29/2014 4:27:55 PM Report

David O can only do good for the Sault if his party is in power; same as any other candidate.

That said, the good any party does for anywhere, isn't free. You're paying for that good, and the bad.
Back2the90s 5/29/2014 4:33:37 PM Report


I would say when we had the NDP in power provincially, and an NDP member in the Soo, we did not get the type of results we're now getting from David and the Libs. In the NDP days we didn't get the new hospital we needed even back then. we didn't get a bunch of new schools, we didn't get an independent university, or new buildings at the College or the University. David has done all that, so there are members in government, then there are effective members in government. Clearly, David has proven himself to be an effective member in government.
Oldie Goldie 5/29/2014 4:46:12 PM Report

David O. is very good at blaming the other parties.

That is because he has nothing positive to offer.

The Liberals had 6 years to get the Legislation that they wanted thru the House with New Democrat support.

Now that support is gone and it's all the fault of the New Democrats.

A Cabinet Minister should be able to do better than that David.
rockbanger 5/29/2014 4:46:52 PM Report

For all you red-machine-lovers..
Know that...

Many cities in Ontario were given new hospitals not just us. Part of the Fascist plan.... Called Bait and Hook.

Many cities in the province were given new schools, not just us. "Bait and Hook".... With you the naive taxpayer being baited and eventually hooked to pay for electing a 'Fascist Regime'.

The method of funding the hospital called 3P has been a failure in Australia, England and now Ontario. Long term debt will drive up your taxes. No way around it.

The red machine has thrown money all over the place and for some people who caught some of the flying money that is great.

However all taxpayers will foot the bill for this Fascist type spending. Remember how much St. Mary's Paper "owners" took off the table from Dave and now that is a vacant lot.
Doling out government money to business and hoping to save jobs is a brain dead move.

Now think back at how the NDP "backed" a $200 million loan to a floundering ASI (they backed a loan---not gave away cash) and ASI survived and paid it back and moved ahead. Giving money away is not the proper method of supporting business.

Mr. Poster 5/29/2014 4:58:49 PM Report

The Liberals are going back in with a majority...Hudak fumbled...better put Davie back in and keep the money flowing to the Soo.
steelworker 5/29/2014 5:16:06 PM Report

Maybe Wynne can bulid some gas plants here in the Sault and create jobs for the locals. It seems that they weren't wanted down South. I applied for a job as a computer scrubber but the Libs said they had thier own I.T. guys that specialize in that field.
I'm In 5/29/2014 5:18:38 PM Report

I believe David O has sunk jobs when St. Mary's Paper closed, as the one poster stated ASI received backing for a loan from the NDP to survive, so you tell me who sunk jobs in SSM. We in SSM were in need of a new hospital so any provincial party would have allocated funds for that, not sure we need all these new schools with enrollment declining, so stop spewing out David saved SSM with all the monies he brought that was his job now his government is on the HOT SEAT in ONTARIO, so he needs to be worried that is why he slings mud at the other parties. Vote for the party that best suits your need and quit being brainwashed by the Liberals.
right wing 5/29/2014 5:25:20 PM Report

Slight difference between Algoma Steel and St. Mary's company was producing, and still is, a product that has a market and a demand...the other was producing a product for a steadily shrinking market.
Rocket science it ain't.....
danno2257 5/29/2014 5:55:01 PM Report

It was the N.D.P. who.saved St. Mary's Paper in the early 90,s not any other party it was Bobby and Toni if I recall and I do because It was my employer for 30 years.
streaker 5/29/2014 6:17:31 PM Report

Entity: If you check on the (our) hospital you will find it is not our hospital,but what they call a 3P which was built and being maintained by a syndicate including ellis-don a general contractor. As far as the new hospital a person went in there three weeks ago and spent three days on a cot in the hall,gret trying to get rest there.
A great new hospital!!!
Sure David "O" can bring money to the soo .The liberals have a bottomless bank account putting Ontario into bankruptsy
with all their boondoggles.
enough is enough!!!
streaker 5/29/2014 6:22:56 PM Report

David "o" What about all the manufacturing jobs and the strandboard plant near WAWA that shut down because of your green energy and high cost of electricity. Where are all those jobs.
Voting against your budget saved Ontario taxpayers money. We cant afford anymore of your rediculous spending.
streaker 5/29/2014 6:33:36 PM Report

This just in one more for the Liberal record.

Our free-spending Liberal government is from MaRS when it comes to accountability and spending your money wisely.

And your tax dollars? They may as well be hidden in Uranus.

What else can you conclude after you discover the real estate wheeling and dealing that happened as Ontario’s legislature was dissolved and the election called?

Just when you thought there was no more room for sleaziness up the sleeves of this dreadful Liberal government, we find out taxpayers got bitten in the butt by another deal gone bad.

In an early morning conference call with reporters Thursday, former Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees revealed the government is preparing to bail out a failing real estate project in downtown Toronto to the tune of $317 million.

Liberals gave $71-million to build a second tower at the MaRS research centre at College St. and University Ave., and provided a $234-million loan for the project, but cabinet documents show the registered charity and the New York-based real estate developer can’t repay the money.

So why on earth is this government getting into risky real estate deals?

This government has doubled the debt — to a whopping $300 billion — since it came to power in 2003.

It’s facing a $12 billion deficit — with no hope of paying it off.
little jerry 5/29/2014 6:46:37 PM Report

I blame the weather, the black bears and the Toronto Maple Leafs!
KDawg 5/29/2014 6:52:50 PM Report

"derek 5/29/2014 4:11:25 PM Report

Like him or hate him (Liberals)

David O has brought tons of Money to Soo. Wake up people.

We only have one choice...

If you value education and health care..."

The Liberals have destroyed Ontario's economy. So Derek, I agree with you. If you're a masochist.
Pam60 5/29/2014 7:02:35 PM Report

Ontario never learns....none of these parties can fulfill their campaign is at best deviance and corruption.....can the PCs really create a million jobs at decent pay...think about it......if any of these parties believed in what they are offering....then they wouldn't spend the majority of their campaign dollars attacking one sick of it there no common sense...I guess not because it is politics....a minority government would be the best option given what there is to choose from!
little jerry 5/29/2014 7:11:42 PM Report

Sounds like the majority of these people should be running for the next election. We have a panel of experts on everything politics.
I'm In 5/29/2014 7:41:06 PM Report

especially you little jerry
Wolf Wizard 5/29/2014 8:01:19 PM Report

In my opinion David O has indeed delivered numerous important projects to the Soo as some of the other commentators noted.

When I drive around town it seems pretty obvious that the city is in a better position than before.

After all, if we want the Soo to be a top notch city we need modern infrastructure, like hospitals and schools, and that's what David O has delivered. And while these projects are important because they are making the Soo a better place to live now, they are also building a foundation to make the community a more attractive place for private business to consider investing in the future.

One of the previous commentators stated that the Soo would have secured these projects with or without David O., which made me think about how many big ticket infrastructure announcements the Feds have made in the community in the last decade...I honestly can't remember many at all, which leads me to believe that the individual the Soo elects to represent it and fight for its interests makes a big difference.

Think about it, if Hudak gets into office we'll have two levels of government cutting public services and local jobs. These jobs contribute to the local economy and once many of the public services we use on a daily basis are gone, it's highly unlikely we'll ever get them back.

justsomeguy 5/29/2014 8:52:55 PM Report

"When I drive around town it seems pretty obvious that the city is in a better position than before. "


We must not be driving around the same city.
Newsjunkie 5/29/2014 9:00:35 PM Report

" which made me think about how many big ticket infrastructure announcements the Feds have made in the community in the last decade...I honestly can't remember many at all, which leads me to believe that the individual the Soo elects to represent it and fight for its interests makes a big difference. "

In reality, the Federal Government does not invest directly in local municipalities. Federal Political Responsibilities and Jurisdiction are vastly different from Provincial. The Federal Government primarily doles out money to the Provinces via transfer payments, which then gets doled out to individual municipalities as needed. Since the Sault no longer enjoys Federal 'status', we see very little money directly from the Federal Government.

In the dollars race, the MPP will always come out ahead of the MP regardless of the person or the party they represent.
ThinkAgain 5/29/2014 9:04:52 PM Report

If voting made a difference,
they wouldn't let us do it.

-Mark Twain
mr. greenjeans 5/29/2014 9:55:38 PM Report

In my opinion, David O has done a very,very good job for the Sault. However, that was also the result of voting in an MPP from the party that controlled the government.
Local PCs have been strategically voting Liberal (knowing full well the PCs would not form the government) to ensure the Sault would get its share of the pie.
After a decade of this, the gloves are off. Under Wynne's leadership, the Liberals have become more left wing than the NDP, have made major costly blunders and carry the stink of corruption.
I predict Celia Ross will win easily since the PCs,including myself, will not prop up David this time.
Gentleman 5/29/2014 10:14:03 PM Report

Vote for the candidate who's party will win the election.

Based upon the polls, Its between the Liberals and PCs for Ontario and since Hudak put every public service employee on nervous high alert when he announced eliminating 100,000 public service jobs, he screwed himself and the party right out of the starting gate of the election campaign.

mosquitos 5/29/2014 10:30:07 PM Report

What a baby. Vote PC and bounce these clowns. Watched Horwath on the Sun last night and she makes a lot of sense too, wouldn't blame you there. Lieberals!
Twistinwrenches 5/29/2014 10:43:43 PM Report

The only invasive species are the Liberals . They should be exterminted on June the 12th .
Wolf Wizard 5/30/2014 12:29:39 AM Report

If "the gloves are off" it's going to be a really fast boxing match given neither of the other two leaders have bothered to show up in Sault Ste. Marie to explain what they have to offer in their platforms for the community.

Ms. Horwath flew directly over the Sault last week, choosing to go to Thunder Bay and Sudbury instead. I heard Ms. Ross had to drive to Sudbury to meet with her. I hope that when Ms Ross arrived she informed her leader that the Soo has a very pleasant and perfectly operational airport.

Mr. Hudak didn't even show up for Northern Leaders Debate on Monday let alone take the time to visit the community. Has he been to town even once since becoming opposition leader?

I think Premier Wynne has been to the Soo 3 times in the last twelve months and held one of her first Cabinet meetings in Soo.

Again, the facts speak for themselves when it comes to which leader is sincerely in the Soo's corner. I happen to think that coming to the riding is an important part of the process.

Nevertheless, NDP and PC commentators please let me know if either of your leaders manages to find the Soo on the map before June 12th and I'll be there to hear how their ideas, like firing 100,000 people, is going to help the local economy.
Gurpy 5/30/2014 7:36:03 AM Report

Wolf Wizzard
You don`t think the premier had other motives for showing up in the Sault? Do you really believe that if she is re-elected the Sault will be a priority for her?
What type of meds are you on and can I please have some??
Mr. Poster 5/30/2014 7:43:01 AM Report

She showed up here because David O has a chance to retain his seat. All leaders do the same thing...they spend their time where they can help themselves to victory. The NDP and the Cons have decided this is not a seat they can why bother to show up?To think Wynne has any special warm fuzzy feelings for the Soo is is all about votes.
Longlake 5/30/2014 7:44:09 AM Report

The bottom line is that the Liberals have overspent and put Ontario in a precarious financial position. All those new schools were built on borrowed money which we can't afford.
David O. has got a lot of money for SSM, and some people think that no matter how big the deficit gets, at least SSM got our share. But somehow we have to wake up and confront the fact that the green energy plan is a huge waste of money, our electricity costs have doubled in 5 years, and unemployment remains high, especially for our youth.
It's time for the Liberals to be put in the penalty box. I believe that NDP offers the best alternative right now.
scottstewy123 5/30/2014 7:48:49 AM Report

sounds to me the entire David O Campaign team is posting this morning.
sinikka 5/30/2014 7:51:45 AM Report

The only reason Wynne came to the soo was to add some meat to the David O Campaign. He is in trouble this election. To let the liberals off the hook is an invitation to more scandal and more waste of taxpayer dollars. Gullible ontario voters should not forget that shuffling leaders does nothing to eliminate the record of the past regime. The Liberals have been terrible. Ontario , once the power of the country is in turmoil. Only the pc's have the ability to bring this province back to respectability. And don't be too surprised if Hudak is the next leader.
trj 5/30/2014 8:56:28 AM Report

Sun News Network will air the television premiere of the documentary film DOWN WIND on Wednesday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET
DOWN WIND is a tell-all film that deals head on with how Ontario politicians rammed through green energy laws and dashed forward with the installation of thousands of wind turbines across the province’s farmland and countryside.

The film exposes how the lights of liberty went out for Ontario citizens deeply opposed to wind turbine projects. It tells the stories of communities torn apart, and the rural warriors now fighting for their rights, health and happiness.

Sun News Network host and contributor Rebecca Thompson joined Surge Media Productions to create this passionate, yet alarming story of a flawed attempt to green Ontario’s electricity grid. Watch this and tell me why anybody would vote the Liberals back in, we deserve better!
sootodayreader 5/30/2014 9:01:10 AM Report

It was the PC party under Mike Harris that started the planning for the new Hospitals including Sault Ste. Marie.
The Liberals took credit for something that was already in motion.
Mr E 5/30/2014 9:34:37 AM Report

Whats the big deal about if they visit the Soo or not? Would you actually go out to meet these scammers? I personally couldn't care less if any of the 3 show up here. Wynne has to, she has a cabinet minister here, if she didn't it wouldn't look too good on him.
Justin Tetreault 5/30/2014 9:43:47 AM Report

How quickly people forget how much the Liberals did to keep St. Mary's Paper afloat.
derand2 5/30/2014 11:08:05 AM Report

The people of the Soo only know what Orazietti told them about St.Mary's. If they knew the true facts, just how much taxpayer money was squandered and to whose pockets it flowed, they would be outraged.

St. Mary's is just one of many many scandals that are under the radar screen. The press have just scratched the surface with ehealth, ornge, gas plants coverups.

If we can boot this corrupt gov't out, the next can start legislative committee investigations and the full extent of liberals misdeeds can be exposed.
sinikka 5/30/2014 3:49:08 PM Report

justin since you really wanted to bring up st. mary's let's talk about the real story. How does the government give a company millions and millions and then without operating the company goes bankrupt. The employees who were owed millions are one of the creditors. Who did the liberals really keep afloat.Where is the inquiry and public outcry about that scandal. Give it a rest justin , your party is one of the most corrupt in the history of canadian politics, live with it. If ontario voters want to reward the liberals based on their record so be it. Just one voter's opinion but of course you are entitled to your own.
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