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Ineffective NDP leadership will hurt local economy: Orazietti

Monday, June 09, 2014   by: Staff



Only Ontario Liberals will keep OLG jobs in the Sault

Ineffective NDP leadership will hurt local economy

SAULT STE. MARIE - Local NDP candidate Celia Ross is irresponsibly misleading Sault residents again on the future of OLG, announced David Orazietti, Liberal candidate.

“Ontario Liberals, including the Premier and myself, have made it abundantly clear that OLG jobs and the head office are here to stay in Sault Ste. Marie and we are committed to keeping these positions in the community,” said Orazietti. “Our position has not changed, and it is unfortunate that Ross is intentionally and recklessly causing panic in our community about the status of these jobs. Sault families deserve better than these kinds of alarmist fear tactics.”

Ross’s comments that OLG jobs in Sault Ste. Marie are threatened by modernization are false.

OLG modernization will bring the province’s gaming strategy into the 21st century and is designed to promote jobs and economic growth by attracting new investments.

The plan will increase OLG revenues to the province, which are in turn invested in municipal services and important local projects.

In a recent media interview, NDP candidate Celia Ross acknowledged that: “We need to build out, just to continue with the lottery corporation, all the innovative opportunities that exist for private sector development...”

Over the last 16 months, Kathleen Wynne has visited Sault Ste. Marie four times and on each occasion has affirmed Liberal support for maintaining the OLG head office in the Sault.

Wynne is the only provincial party leader who visited Sault Ste. Marie over the course of the election campaign to hear first hand from residents about the issues that matter to them.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath has not travelled to Sault Ste. Marie this election campaign and has no intention of doing so.

This decision is not surprising, given the provincial NDP’s history of public sector job losses in the community.
The last time the Sault had NDP representation, they allowed the OLG ticket finishing plant to close, resulting in the loss of approximately 50 jobs.

The NDP also failed to protect jobs at the former youth detention centre when they allowed the facility to shut down, resulting in further job losses.

By contrast, when the Liberals formed government, the ticket finishing plant was reopened, creating 70 new jobs, and the government invested $8.5 million to build the Donald Doucet youth centre, restoring Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) jobs in the community.

“The NDP have shown their poor level of commitment to Northern Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie by failing to have their leader even show up in our community and requiring the local NDP candidate to drive to Sudbury for a meeting,” said Orazietti. “That’s not the kind of representation we need in our community and in this election a vote for the NDP is a vote for cuts promised by Tim Hudak’s PC’s.”


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Javaman 6/9/2014 9:06:04 AM Report

In a way you cannot blame Horwath for NOT coming to SSM. The local NDP decided to run a candidate who was soundly defeated in the first go round. I am sure Horwath took that into consideration. the losing writing was on the wall when they selected Celia..AGAIN
OrlandoFlorida 6/9/2014 9:10:49 AM Report

Yes The premier has assured the city the Head Office will remain, but she fails to say how many OLG jobs will remain here. As for increasing revenues to the province this wild card idea is based on a new GTA casino being built, as of today Toronto has voted against a casino. All the supposedly new jobs, they are restaurant and construction jobs in Toronto, again the city of Toronto voted against a casino. The state of Illinois privatized their Lottery 3 years ago, the private company now running their lottery has FAILED to increase revenues for the past 3 years, the net result the state now earns less money than when it was a publicly owned enterprise.
ranny 6/9/2014 9:15:56 AM Report

A corrupted Liberal leader will hurt all economy. Ask former PM McGuinty
AlwaysAWinner 6/9/2014 9:24:33 AM Report

no government will help this town.

cross borde shopping kills this town. welfare, disability, elderly people don't help much either

when people stop being selfish and stop buying their gas and groceries in the States, and starts funneling more money into OUR economy, then we can make a start
thumbs4208 6/9/2014 9:37:13 AM Report

yeah modernization brings low paying jobs that don't help the community, and what have the Liberals really done David O (must go)?
Just Curious 6/9/2014 9:37:45 AM Report

AaW, so in your mind when someone gets old or disabled we should move somewhere else, even tho we may have spent most of our lives here working and supporting it ??? Cross- border shopping has always been here since the place came into being, even when the dollar was skewed the other way. We are just too far out in the middle of nowhere to attract what few manufacturing companies are still doing business in Canada. The shipping costs would kill any new business in a hurry. The time to have attracted new business was 20/30 years ago. Mining, forestry, or tourism is our best shot and we should be pushing that a lot harder than we do..
Back2the90s 6/9/2014 9:39:31 AM Report

The NDP has proven how ineffective it is in this riding. It cannot even garner the support of the 2251 Steelworkers union. That might be a first in Sault history. Congrats to the NDP on ostracizing what little support it had left.
saultbie25 6/9/2014 9:40:32 AM Report

First of all, I'm a cross border shopper for almost everything. I shop there because I work very hard for my money and I get more product for my dollar. Maybe if the government does what they say and lower the major price gap I'd shop here. I cant and won't put myself in a bad financial position by having to choose between gas, mortgage payment, food and extra money or a half tank of gas, some groceries and maybe if I'm lucky, half of my mortgage payment. I make decent money but its still not enough with our Sault ste Marie high cost of living.

So pardon me if I want to live comfortably and be financially secure, so ya... The US gets my hard earned money
jimbob 6/9/2014 9:40:42 AM Report

I have to respond to "Always". The Soo is not dead nor is it being killed by cross border shopping IMHO. I happen to be one of the selfish seniors who stopped buying gas in Canada when our greedy government put GST on top of all the other taxes on it. Our governments, provincial and federal are basically corrupt and have their own agendas that have little to do with the wishes of we the people. Their primary motives are aimed at keeping their cushy jobs, obscene benefits and outlandish pensions. It has always been like this and is getting worse IMO.
thumbs4208 6/9/2014 9:47:30 AM Report

Wal Mart, Big box stuff stores are killing, buying across kills. It's the whole picture, City Hall, change of attitude, old school Italian Community needs to change it's thinking, crime. No new Industry here. Sault Ste Marie needs change . Big change - get outside it's box and start forward thinking. There are people in this town that can do it but not the support from the City and everyone else. Until we do something do some different it will all stay the same.
Javaman 6/9/2014 9:47:49 AM Report

Is local 2251 supporting ANY of the candidates?
AlwaysAWinner 6/9/2014 9:52:02 AM Report

you dummies keep using greed as your reason for cross border shopping. the only reason you complain about the prices is because youre ten minutes away from the USA which is literally our mexico. you justify hurting our local economy by blaming the government? I'm tired of these idiots who don't understand economics and simply blame the government because they're stupid. funny how the people in Wawa and Timmins do just fine. oh you work hard for your money? so do others idiot, that's why the support our LOCAL economy and LOCAL jobs and buy their gas and groceries here.
Truck 6/9/2014 9:52:10 AM Report

Privatizing OLG will not do any good for anyone in this province except for the company that gets the deal. Thats it! The Auditor General said it, Lottery experts and Economists have said it also. Why would you want a Billion Dollar business being controlled by anyone else but the experts!... To "possibly" make a few more millions? This will be another hit to the middle class jobs in the Soo. Yet David and his party have their head in the sand! They keep telling everyone how well Modernization will work out for everyone! All the experts seem to think different!
thumbs4208 6/9/2014 9:53:07 AM Report

Cross border shopping would not be such an issue if we were not being " taken " so bad on this side. That is just one part that needs to change. Why does an item here cost so much more ? Does the internet not disprove all the bs retailers are selling when they try to justify the price difference ?
AlwaysAWinner 6/9/2014 9:55:33 AM Report

I'm tired of these self-important douchebags who whine about Canada and buy their gas and food in the USA because they're 'hard working'. its nothing but selfish greed, all the people complaining about the lack of jobs and lack of summer/student jobs are the same dummies who buy their gas and food in the states. it doesn't take an idiot to realize that taking money out of an economy hurts it. unfortunately the broke/lazy/dumb residents of the Soo don't seem to understand that. its scary how undereducated this town is.
Javaman 6/9/2014 10:08:55 AM Report

I am old enough to recall crossing the river to shop via the FERRY that was very busy between the two cities. Cross border shopping is not new. Ontario never adjusted to it.
asp 6/9/2014 10:13:09 AM Report

What has the Liberals really do for this city ?? What has been achieved in this city has come from the local business leaders themseleves. The city coucellors have to get thier act together and start building this city up. We have to start competing with the americans cities. Come on !! city councilors get something right. Brown water can't even be taking care of. It's going to be a difficult election, I have come to the conculsion I will not be voting for Orazetti and his (BS). Remember this is only my opinion.
Kevin5069 6/9/2014 10:14:28 AM Report

Orazietti is well versed on misleading the people of Ontario. His party has 'mislead' us about billions of tax dollars while jacking up the cost of living here with their mismanagement and complete incompetence. They have proven that losing even two seats for them, is worth over a billion dollars to us. He and his party have proven they cannot be trusted at all.
Twist Of Fate 6/9/2014 10:17:11 AM Report

Being uneducated has nothing to do with making you money go the furthest for your family. The reality is we are taxed to death on this side of the border and if I can do anything that helps my pocket book then I will do just that and I for one could care less what anyone thinks about it. If you want to spend more so you can feel all patriotic then by all means go right ahead.
I think that the Ontario government is the ones destroying local economy. By the time we pay outrageous taxes on every penny we make or spend there is simply nothing left
Javaman 6/9/2014 10:17:58 AM Report

Re city council. I know it may be early but it is sad to see so many incumbents not opposed. I hope some folks come forward to get a new council going.
Gurpy 6/9/2014 10:18:48 AM Report

"ineffective NDP leadership will hurt the local economy". From where I sit, the Liberal government is looking really bad! Really, really, really bad! Anyone who votes Liberal is probably suffering from stockholm syndrome! Just my opinion. We do still have freedom of speech right?
Frio 6/9/2014 10:22:59 AM Report

OLG brings in $2 billion profit to the government, $1.6 billion goes to support local governments, $1.8 billion goes to winning customers to spend any way they want. It creates 18,000 jobs overall in Ontario..Most are middle class jobs with benefits and pension.This week Workopolis has 23 job postings listed for OLG, 9 positions are in the Soo. OLG is still a major employer with real jobs in SSM and photo-op Orazetti has helped more than the NDP or Cons. ever will.
Twist Of Fate 6/9/2014 10:24:02 AM Report

but the liberals are promising us the sun and the stars, they just neglected to mention that taxes and costs of everything will have to go up to achieve it. They have never lied to us before have they?
OrlandoFlorida 6/9/2014 10:39:16 AM Report

The latest news as reported in the National Post

McGuinty government changed green energy rules to benefit Liberal-linked firms, court filing charges"

OLG is worth a lot more than the green energy contracts, when the Liberals sell off OLG I wonder who will be somehow connected to their government / party.

Not only did Liberal connected companies get the contracts but, the people will have to pay penalty fines to US companies due to the breaking of NAFTA rules/
Gentleman 6/9/2014 10:54:03 AM Report

Scandaled government or not, Sault Ste. Marie got its fair share of funds in recent years, thanks to David O and to the voters who recognized his party was going to win the election and have the chequebook. Take a look at ridings across Northern Ontario that voted NDP. Their party is not in power and you get peanuts. Is it fair? absolutely not. Is it reality, absolutely!
Javaman 6/9/2014 10:57:14 AM Report

Does anyone REALLY feel David O can be beaten by Fremlin or Ross? I don't.
Twist Of Fate 6/9/2014 11:01:48 AM Report

It is getting really old hearing people say how much David O has given this city, you make it sound like he opened up his wallet and handed out his own money. The end of the day we paid for each and every thing that this city has received. The problem is that the Liberals seem to think the money supply is endless and free. Make no mistake people we are paying for all of it
Mike58 6/9/2014 11:18:40 AM Report

Attention: To those of you that are dumb and undereducated like myself, go online and watch CBC Marketplace "Price Wars" (Canada vs U.S.) You will see that the only one being gouged is the undereducated 'AlwaysAWinner'. Just remember, Home Depot, Walmart, Target etc. are American owned and are found on both sides of the border. The only difference is you'll pay more on this side! I buy my gas in the U.S.. It helps the Canadian refineries, where most of the gas in the US comes from anyway.
Frio 6/9/2014 11:19:46 AM Report

The simple fact remains that the same amount of money would have been spent anyway by the government and without a member of that government lobbying to spend some of that money in this riding, we would have received nothing. You would still be paying the same amount of provincial taxes, be in the same overall debt, and had no new schools, hospital, seniors housing, additions to Sault College, Algoma U. resulting jobs, nothing new or money to spend even considered for this riding.
KFM 6/9/2014 11:31:28 AM Report

I do blame the government for cross boarder shopping. To start with taxing taxes that are already added to the fuel is in fact greed to suport Toronto. You know the center of Ontario's universe or so the polations think! but that isn't all the story. The socalled government doesn't have the balls to call the big oil companies on price gouging. And that is all it is. Why did the price at the pump here jump by 13 cents a liter when the price per barrel has stayed very consistant? Because the big oil companies see a cash cow as in tourist season coming and they bump the price now so we can't call foul as we use to when prices jumped on Friday before a long weekend and so on. Because this price jumps up the price for all other goods jumps up and the government sits back and lets it happen. Natural gas and electric companies have to apply for the price increase and it can only change it twice a year. Why isn't fuel, a needed resource for the provinces economy, regulated the same? Why do gas prices go up? Because the greedy oil companies can and the government, nutless wonders, sit back and let them run the province and country!When I pay 1.44 her at the pump and can get the same product for around .50 cents cheaper I will. We pay huge taxes on everything so why shouldn't we get a break if we can.
bocca1 6/9/2014 11:40:03 AM Report

It's interesting how this article morphed into an argument about cross border shopping and not how the parties differ. Mr. Orazietti is a career politician. If he cared about this district he wouldn't have quietly closed roads and bridges to fishing, lodges, camps etc with next to no notice. Tourism is a must in the area but he's killing it. Also, I have found that if you ask him a question you get the party line statement but after that he goes silent. If the question does not involve a party policy he's silent. Mr. Photo-op is in it for himself first, and we are just the vehicle he's using to get his pay off.
Twist Of Fate 6/9/2014 12:09:50 PM Report

There is no tourism in Sault Ste Marie, there is nothing here for anyone to come and see and there likely never will be. We are at best a stopping point for those passing through.
James Ellis Jr. 6/9/2014 12:46:22 PM Report

NDP all the way. Time for a true change in government. NDP has my vote. Always will have my vote.
habber 6/9/2014 12:57:22 PM Report

david orazietti has to go
MR.squiggles 6/9/2014 1:14:49 PM Report

AlwaysAWhiner back at er
steelworker 6/9/2014 1:38:09 PM Report

If the NDP get into office they can prop up local business by opening up a string of rub-and-tugs across Northern Ontario.
phesoj 6/9/2014 1:44:19 PM Report

Nice one Mike58. Totally agree.
Picked up 12 Molson Canadian, amongst other things, at Walmart, MI, for $9.28 USD. Helping Canadian export business.
Say no more!
Gurpy 6/9/2014 1:55:04 PM Report

David O, You are a coward! You know I was wronged and you did nothing! You go and support abortions to keep your position with the liberals!
Gurpy 6/9/2014 2:14:51 PM Report

I voted early! NDP only and will never ever sway again!
Gurpy 6/9/2014 2:20:57 PM Report

How on earth can the Catholic school board support the Liberals knowing full well that they support pro-choice? Hypocrites!
rockbanger 6/9/2014 5:13:14 PM Report




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I'm In 6/9/2014 5:36:36 PM Report

AlwaysAWinner is a winner, they better stop building the bridge expansion and lay off all border security if AlwaysAWinner wants all Canadians to stay in Canada, and while your at AlwaysAWinner than close all manufacturing jobs/factories in Canada and stop the exporting goods to the USA, your right Mike 58 talk about under educated
habsfan 6/10/2014 4:44:54 PM Report

You know, its always the low life scum of the city that complain about people that cross border shop and the only reason they complain is because they cant cross. Believe it.
habsfan 6/10/2014 4:53:34 PM Report

Gas price today 143.9 per litre. Thats 6.48 per canadian gallon. If you do the math thats 5.47 in an american gallon. Right now their gallon is 3.79. Now tell me again why we should not cross the border.
MYPOINT 6/11/2014 8:06:08 AM Report

I think it is time for a MANDATED balanced budget every single year from now until the deficit is paid off - NO excuses allowed for any deviation from same!

After the deficit is actually paid off, this MANDATED balanced budget should remain in place for perpetuity so that no government of the day can arbitrarily put us further into debt for their 'pet projects'. Governments of all stripes always seem to find it very easy to spend OUR money when THEY do not have to repay it from their own pockets per se!

As for the cross border shopping dilemma, I agree with those who go to the USA to shop when it is obvious that we get more bang for our buck over there, even with our lower dollar, than we do over here. I go over there many times during the month, and I shall continue to do so at will, regardless of how others think because my first and main priority is to provide for my family in the best way that I can.

Those who do not like that can simply kiss my loyal Canadian @ss or continue to cry about the fact that many of us do this daily and they can not do so for a variety of reasons.

As usual, there will be detractors.

As usual, your views may differ :)
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