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New Democrats will restore high standard of ethics: Ross

Wednesday, June 11, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

NDP CANDIDATE CELIA ROSS

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Liberals misrepresent their accomplishments, silent on corruption

NDP candidate Celia Ross highlighted the New Democrats’ plan to restore a high standard of ethics and accountability to Queen’s Park in contrast to the Liberals’ record of corruption.

New Democrats will save $600 million with a Minister of Savings and Accountability responsible for shrinking Ministers’ office budgets and consolidating agencies that overlap.

The NDP is also committed to toughening up rules on government partisan advertising by ensuring any such ads are cleared by the Auditor General.

An NDP government would also cut waste by capping the salaries of public sector CEOs and ensuring funding goes to the frontlines where it’s needed most.

The NDP would also fill the Financial Accountability Office with an impartial candidate.

While Liberals tried to blame Andrea Horwath for their inertia on the office, the truth is Liberals tried to stack the office with insiders who would look the other way.

Liberal candidate David Orazietti has also misrepresented his own accomplishments while taking credit for the work of others.

While he’d like us all to believe he’s single-handedly responsible for much of the funding that has come to Sault Ste. Marie, the truth is much of it was the result of citizen-led initiatives that accessed open grant competitions in which MPPs were not involved.

In a campaign flyer released early in the campaign, Liberals highlighted a number of government investments since 2003.

However the flyer included a number of investments from agencies like the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Ontario Arts Council or the Ontario Trillium Foundation, who independently assess funding applications submitted by individuals, organizations and institutions from across the region or province.

For instance, of the $5 million listed for the Innovation Centre, at least $1.6 million came from a variety of NOHFC programs, while another $511,000 came from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Similar funding breakdowns can be seen at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation, Algoma University, and the Hub Trail and Waterfront Walkway to name just a few.

The flyer also takes credit for the NOHFC internships and co-op placements, which are also distributed based on an independent assessment of applications.

While the numbers do reflect provincial investment, many of them are investments that Orazietti had nothing to do with personally.

“What’s really disturbing is the lack of respect David shows for the honest, hardworking people across Sault Ste. Marie who have fought to bring investment and resources to our community,” said Ross. “They do all the work and he takes all the credit. That’s not leadership.”

New Democrats recognize the important role played by NOHFC, Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Arts Council in Northern communities and will maintain funding for each of these agencies.

Liberals remain silent on $3 billion lost in corruption scandals

The Liberals in Sault Ste. Marie have repeatedly avoided addressing a string of scandals that have plagued Premiers Wynne and McGuinty.

Ross noted, “Sault liberals continue their deafening silence about the $3 billion dollars wasted on corruption under their government, such as with the Ornge and gas plant scandals, or mismanagement, such as with eHealth or the privatization of Ontario Northland.”

The price tag for Liberal corruption continues to rise, with new revelations that Liberals were planning a “secret” $317 million bailout for a Toronto developer and the MaRS research and innovation charity that were unable to pay back millions of dollars in government loans.

“Think what that money could have done for our seniors, or our children, or for health care and education in our community,” said Ross. “The Liberals can’t be trusted. They’ve lost the moral authority to govern.”

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Gurpy 6/11/2014 6:23:21 PM Report

You already got my vote at the early poll! I`d love to see you cut some fat at OW to begin with. They will allow someone to become homeless all to avoid paying a much needed move of a little over $500.00. They say they cannot afford it?? WHO THE HELL CAN AFFORD TO LOSE EVERYTHING??? How much do these BASTARDS earn? Some have made the sunshine club while anyone on assistance struggles! Corruption at it`s finest!!!! Hey Sam C if you really are who they say you are......MY EYES ARE OPEN and I`m not at all happy!
steelworker 6/11/2014 6:27:14 PM Report

Thank God her bulls%$^# stops at midnite. Thanks for propping up the most corrupt government of all time.
rockbanger 6/11/2014 6:46:29 PM Report

Steelworker try to be nice?
To your benefit you do point out how corrupt the Liberal government is.

Sault Ste. Marie it is OK to vote for the well educated lady and not the spoiled brat. Wynne is out and you know it.

The spoiled brat had his kick at the can a few times and spent HOARDS of money that you and I will be paying back for decades.

Go Celia Ross..

NDP
NDP
NDP
steelworker 6/11/2014 7:08:39 PM Report

Federal N.D.P. just found guilty of ripping off the taxpayers. Not a word from Angry Tom. Word has it he was immediately placed in a straightjacket and hauled away.
Javaman 6/11/2014 7:17:19 PM Report

The Liberals are corrupt and need to pay a price provincially and here at home. CANNOT VOTE LIBERAL.

The Cons are running a man maybe cannot warm up to and is going to hurt a lot of families by cutting jobs and destroying collective bargaining. CANNOT VOTE CONSERVATIVE

The NDP are therefore the only ones that have a semblance of honesty and integrity...not perfect but better than the other two.
I SHALL VOTE NDP
steelworker 6/11/2014 7:26:59 PM Report

Libs and Dippers havs a resemblance to a steamy pile.
steelworker 6/11/2014 7:27:18 PM Report

have
Gurpy 6/11/2014 7:29:12 PM Report

GOOD NEWS!!!
NDP is in first place in the Toronto area!! WOO HOO!
Goodbye Liberals!
I saw it on facebook!
little jerry 6/11/2014 7:32:34 PM Report

This just in! Whether its a last minute shift or undecided voters deciding, both Ekos Research and Forum Research suggest that the Liberals have pulled ahead and are hovering in majority territory.
Thim 6/11/2014 7:41:41 PM Report

Sorry Celia, the NDP does not deserve the support of northerners...and you know exactly why I'm saying this...

Tom Brason
Gurpy 6/11/2014 7:47:04 PM Report

little jerry
The Liberals probably hired them. That`s why they`re saying that they are leading. Pure BS!
nondestructive 6/11/2014 7:56:30 PM Report

united steel worker here ...go NDP
Javaman 6/11/2014 8:18:24 PM Report

Why did the NDP and the COns basically write off the North? Celia had to got to Sudbury to meet her leader.
little jerry 6/11/2014 8:37:10 PM Report

So, Facebook says the NDP's are in the lead than forget about these independent research companies like Ekos Research and Forum Research who must have been paid off.
I'm In 6/11/2014 8:44:26 PM Report

There is a middleclass because of the NDP, well the PC's and Libs. will erode us. I want it to stay that way, GO ANDREA, GO CELIA even if my vote don't count the NDP has my vote, they have looked after me and my family all of my 38 years in the Ontario workforce.
CB4 6/11/2014 8:59:59 PM Report

I miss Hammertime
freedom1 6/11/2014 9:34:00 PM Report

$3billion wasted by liberals either Wynne is corrupt or was duped. We don't need a corrupt leader or someone that is that easily duped.
1 million jobs 100,000 jobs cut. Why doesn't the CONservatives just leave people those 100,000 jobs and just create 900,000 jobs? The truth is they will cut jobs but can not create any.
Gurpy 6/11/2014 9:41:23 PM Report

Horwath is now in the lead at 38%.
Sam C 6/11/2014 10:07:47 PM Report

I'm In... uh, the "middle class" began long before Tommy Douglas was banging on pulpits and knocking on doors.

FYI, the term originally applied to a class between the upper class and the working class.
Justin Tetreault 6/12/2014 1:00:05 AM Report

Nice try Gurpy.
MYPOINT 6/12/2014 7:06:25 AM Report

David O has got to GO
PC Fremlin might be nice but at what price?
This is to say .. NDP all the way

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