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Mantha misleading voters, says Hughson

Saturday, June 07, 2014   by: Staff



NDP candidate Mike Mantha misleading voters

Ontario Liberals delivering real results for Algoma-Manitoulin

ELLIOT LAKE - NDP candidate Mike Mantha claims he has delivered for Algoma-Manitoulin residents, but the fact is that any financial support for area projects coming to the riding are a result of Ontario Liberal government programs, announced Craig Hughson, Liberal candidate for Algoma-Manitoulin.

“All of Mike Mantha’s so-called accomplishments are actually Liberal government investments in our communities, so he can’t claim Liberals have devastated Northern Ontario and at the same time take credit for all of the provincial Liberal investments,” said Hughson. “In intentionally misleading residents, Mantha is showing us that he is an ineffective representative for Algoma-Manitoulin and that his party doesn’t have a plan for Northern Ontario.”

“Craig Hughson is a hardworking individual who has 15 years of solid political and public service experience working with the province to address the needs of Northerners,” said David Orazietti, Liberal Candidate for Sault Ste. Marie. “Craig understands how government works and what needs to be done to secure provincial resources for Northern communities. He would make a tremendous MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin.”

Mike Mantha’s recent claim that ten Ontario Parks have been closed is false.

Of the parks referenced by Mr. Mantha, four have reached partnership agreements with municipalities for operation.

The remaining parks have had their designation changed from operational to non-operational, which means they are still they are open for day use for the public to enjoy.

It is worth noting that of the province’s 334 parks, two thirds are non-operating and the ten referred to had less than 1 percent of the total provincial visitation.

Mantha’s claim that the Ontario Ranger Program is cancelled is also false.

The Liberal government introduced a new day-based Ontario Ranger Program and expanded the number of locations from 17 communities to 30 across Ontario.

As well, the number of summer students employed through MNR has been stable at 1,974.

Mantha’s claim that he secured funding for the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to protect jobs on Manitoulin Island is also false.

In 2013, the Liberal government, and specifically the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, delivered funding through his Ministry to refurbish the Chi-Cheemaun ferry when the federal government abandoned their responsibility and refused to make upgrades necessary for its operation.

Hughson helped to deliver on the Chi-Cheeman by meeting with Michael Gravelle to secure the necessary funding, while Mantha accomplished little by staging a protest on the docks.

Mantha has also claimed that automobile insurance rates have not decreased.

However the independent financial commissioner has said they have dropped on average by 6 percent, and Liberals are on-track to reduce them by 15 percent.

Recently, the NDP candidate in Halton confirmed the Liberal plan is working when he tweeted that he had just received a lower auto insurance bill.

It is also important for Northerners to know that NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh introduced a Private Member’s Bill that would have increased automobile insurances rates in Northern Ontario by as much as 30 percent to subsidize Toronto drivers.

Ontario Liberals voted against that bill.

Mantha’s misguided Private Member’s Bill to compel resources to be refined in Ontario would cost Ontarians jobs, as Ontario is a net importer of ore for re-fining and other jurisdictions would likely retaliate by taking their ore refining elsewhere.

Fortunately this bill was not passed.

“It’s laughable that NDP candidate Mike Mantha is attempting to take credit for initiatives and investments he had absolutely nothing to do with,” said Orazietti. “Having served as Minister of Natural Resources, I know first hand the work that went into supporting the re-opening of mills in Wawa and White River and it certainly didn’t happen because of any of Mantha’s involvement.”

The Ontario Liberal plan makes significant investments in Northern Ontario, including:

  • The Northern Industrial Energy Rate Program (NIERP), an important electricity cost savings program for large Northern industries
  • Protecting the $100 million Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) fund raised from $60 to $100 million by the Liberal government and previously cut by the NDP
  • $1 billion for infrastructure in the Ring of Fire to support Northern job creation
  • $14 billion for transportation infrastructure projects outside the GTA, to accelerate the Northern highways expansion program

None of these initiatives are committed to by the NDP.


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Oreo cookie 6/7/2014 7:45:35 PM Report

And the liberals didn't mislead the province? Conservative is the only way to go.
I could fill the page with liberal lies and deception.
P.S. I don't need free inadequate health care, cut my taxes and I'll pay for my own. But a cut in taxes means no welfare for the non productive members of society.
jojoe71 6/7/2014 7:46:32 PM Report

What do you say to that Mike?
anapeg 6/7/2014 7:52:18 PM Report

Oreo Cookie; I applaud you being able to afford health care but alas I worked all my life and now on pension and an ailing, aging body, I for one cannot afford health care regardless how deep the tax cuts you seek. The young need remember those of us who went before when filling out their wish list.
IgnorantNortherner 6/7/2014 8:34:02 PM Report

anapeg, why should I constantly pay towards a service I deem inadequate not only for myself but for all my dependents? This goes for "health" services, it goes for "education" services and all kinds of other services that are pretty terrible and I never wanted or asked for in the first place. I don't want your garbage product and I shouldn't be coerced into paying for it. It is theft, pure and simple.

You're in my thoughts and prayers, anapeg, along with everyone else who will be lucky to squeak out an existence in the years to come...but much of the financial struggle you find yourself in now is a result of a troubled system that is in desperate need of an overhaul. YOU are not a good enough reason to maintain this farce of a system ad infinitum til we're all in the same boat struggling to survive. There's absolutely no reason for it.

scottstewy123 6/7/2014 8:34:57 PM Report

I have yet to see a cut in my insurance so the claim that insurance rates have been reduced is BOULDERDASH and HOGWASH
IgnorantNortherner 6/7/2014 8:36:08 PM Report

To SooToday mods: I've got a couple toddlers that bicker with each other on a pretty regular basis; they scream and point their finger and call each other names and if this is what "news" is to you guys I could transcribe their "dialogue", send it to you and you could post it as a 'News Release'.

It would be far more entertaining and equally irrelevant. Just a thought.
irishfey 6/7/2014 8:44:05 PM Report

Oreo... So you could pay for your Dr. visits, surgery if needed, cat scans etc. ?? You must have one heck of a job!! And please don't call the people on Welfare... non productive... Some famlies where the Dad can't find work have children to feed... walk in their shoes before you start to judge please.....
Koolaid 6/7/2014 9:06:09 PM Report

Everyone in Northern Ontario, should just vote Liberal. It will benefit us when the liberal government wins the election. What good is it to have NDP win seats in northern Ontario, when their party isn't going to be in power. If NDP wins any seats in Northern Ontario, it will be useless for us, because they will not have any clout.
Javaman 6/7/2014 9:07:49 PM Report

David O had "clout" ?
IgnorantNortherner 6/7/2014 9:15:36 PM Report

irish, I think you'd find most people are pretty charitable folks. They like to help others and provide their time and attention to those in need whenever they can. A lot of us, anyway.

What I think you'd also find is that if less of our money was stolen from us we would have much more to give to those in need and there would be a lot less waste overall.

@Koolaid, keep drinking it and telling me which party of scumbags I should vote for to assuage your ego.

Evil still gets more evil and runs off the rails if we do things your way, it just takes infinitesimally longer to happen.

Frio 6/7/2014 9:45:08 PM Report

“It’s laughable that NDP candidate Mike Mantha is attempting to take credit for initiatives and investments he had absolutely nothing to do with,” said Orazietti. So Orazietti makes it obvious if you didn't elect a member for the party in power, too bad for you guys, your riding will get nothing more than the basic crumbs alloted except for grand gestures of benevolence from the ruling members of parl't. Got to love how they all work against each other to screw the taxpayers and the advancement of the province.
mallet 6/7/2014 10:07:05 PM Report

It was put very well be Dr Geobells and Mr William Joyce during the last war that if you shout something long enough people will believe it and also a half truth is so hard to disprove like for example.... the parks arn't closed they are only open during the day now... the ranger program is now day based rather than for the summer, so if the weathers bad .. go home... I have yet to see a 6% drop in my vehicle insurance but if a couple have had their insurance dropped then it is true, just not for that many... and then their plan... go further into debt to buy votes... wasn't the Ring of Fire dependent on the Feds putting in the same and then the Libs would pay it all without any knowledge of who where what when and if our FN friends were going along with it all and no enviromental studies done and approved.... For Petes sake will you lot get off my aching back I cannot afford your plans...
dadal 6/8/2014 6:16:30 AM Report

You guys crack me up!

We've had all three parties in office in Ontario and NONE of them were without scandal, NONE lowered taxes, NONE solved our unemployment issues, NONE made our lives in the North better.

PC supporters: before you counter how the Libs are the worse at scandals, may I remind you of all the FEDERAL PC scandals INCLUDING the Senate. And don't claim the Provincial PCS are differnt. Same party.

LIB supporters: Yes Wynne is trying to distance herself from the Dalton gang but that budget didn't go far enough to help us.

NPC supporters: While the NDP leader is wel lversed, all she is proposing is the SAME BUDGET the Libs presented. Kinda kills confidence in a party that can't think on its own.

Personally I'm voting Libs ONLY because they can't do any more damage. Yea I'm sure the PC supporters will claim different BUT at least we ARE easing SLOWLY out of the Provincial depression. Putting the other parties in will lead to changes to what seems to be working.

And on a final note, you don't correct the unemployment problems by laying off 10 thousand! Really Hudack???? And then create a million jobs? Where? In PC Fantasyland? Or is his plan to put everyone on welfare into temp jobs....
freedom1 6/8/2014 7:16:28 AM Report

How can you trust the lying liberals, or the CONservatives. How can you vote for someone who wasted a billion dollars or wants to cut a million jobs. The CONservatives are looking out for CEO's. NDP wants to cut hospital wait times in half and take the hst off of hydro bill. Who doesn't want a shorter wait time in hospital and a smaller hydro bill? Oh yeah die hard lying liberals and CONservatives voters. TIME FOR CHANGE. Nobody should be waiting for hours at the emergency room. NDP is only one who will fix that.
Frio 6/8/2014 7:30:34 AM Report

How much time out of their life is the average person going to save in lowered wait times at a hospital? Taking HST off of my electric bill will save me less than $5.00..Boy those are great promises to get votes.
blackspruce 6/8/2014 7:33:07 AM Report

politicians are like diapers for the same reason you have to change them once in awhile. A friend sent me this quote thought it was too true not to pass on.
Jimssm 6/8/2014 8:21:42 AM Report

Oreo Cookie:

It's obvious you haven't had to pay for health care or you wouldn't suggest it.

I have... car accident... 3 1/2 hours at War Memorial... $20,000.
freedom1 6/8/2014 8:28:06 AM Report

I'd take a $5 in my pocket promise over a million job lie anytime.
Frio 6/8/2014 9:07:31 AM Report

I'd rather have a debt free province and be relieved of the $12 BILLION a year (9.2 per cent of its revenues) being totally wasted on interest payments annually and ever increasing as more money will be borrowed to pay for vote buying promises..
iluvsoo 6/8/2014 9:18:43 AM Report

All these politicians refer to how great they are because they are providing "their" money to various projects but isn't it --- our money !! I wish they would start treating it as their money so that it won't be wasted the way they do!
Hamguy 6/8/2014 10:25:38 AM Report

WOW.. So we do have a Candidate from the Liberal Party in the riding. First time seeing or hearing from him since the election was called. How about the other party's ?? I guess our end of the riding doesn't have enough voters for them to take the time to pay a visit.
streaker 6/8/2014 3:19:15 PM Report

The Libs should be in PRISON for just this debacle. We don't need to hear the whole list. (a copy and paste)

It's not a debacle It's a major and massive Criminal Subversion of Democracy, Criminal Racketeering and Major Organized Crime. When I was working the year or more previous to the Public announcement of the Green Energy Act, a friend at work was offered to get in on the FIT Program @ 80c per kwh. I told him right there and then, "You can't rip off the People like that, it is robbery." A year passed before the Green Energy Act was introduced and then the fireworks began. The People of Ontario never had a say in the matter whatsoever, Whatsoever!!!! And to the People's severe detriment!!! That is Criminal Subversion of Democracy as the Criminal McGuinty/Wynne government ran their Organized Crime Racket at full speed ahead.
With all the Rackets that have been perpetrated against the People of Ontario, the Lies, the Frauds, the Robberies, the Cover-ups, the Collusions etc., etc. It should have been years ago Criminal interdiction should have taken place. And the Criminal Players handed heavy stiff Prison incarcerations. The Aggrandizements and the Robberies have cost the People of Ontario close to 100 Billion $$$ in borrowed money alone. It has cost the People their prosperity, their wealth, their elderly and kids prosperity, wealth and futures and perhaps this entire Nations stability.
The People of Ontario Demand Justice and Demand maximum Punishment for the Criminals that have caused this Massive Criminal Economic and Political Disaster.
The McGuintys and the Wynnes of the Ontario Liberal government should not be walking free, along with the hierarchy of the OPP.
These People are Major Criminals and they belong in Prison!!!
burt 6/8/2014 3:44:57 PM Report

VOTE green party to see if they screw up would,nt that open the big 3 partys eyes. and some people are right all 3 make promises that they never keep . but there good at raising taxes and the cost of living
burt 6/8/2014 3:50:47 PM Report

and one more thing maybe we should vote on lowering there wage & pensions. I think there well over paid for what they do
Oreo cookie 6/8/2014 6:00:27 PM Report

To those who don't get it...if I save 40% more of my income through less tax by opting out of socialized medicine then I could purchase my own Private plan at an average cost of $500.00 per month. As it is right now I had to finance 3trips to War Memorial C/W cat scan and mri because our SOCIALIZED SELECTIVE CARE was inadequate at providing the immediate attention that I thought I paid heavily for (taxes). I got burned both ways. SOCIALIZED medicine is a failure as is the entire socialist utopia...reference "Heaven on Earth The Rise and Fall of Socialism".
Socialism functions on lies and deception, it sounds so good to the segment of society that depends upon it that they fail to see just how much of a lie they're being fed...note the difference between "they're, their and there". Next week's forum will include the grammatical differences between "an" and "and".
vlr 6/9/2014 9:39:27 AM Report

Wouldn't vote for Mantha if my life depended on it!! I had an issue that I hoped he could help me with a few years ago. I was very upset and was very loud on the phone, but Mantha had the nerve to yell at me over the phone!
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