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Provincial Candidates Asked to Answer Questions


September 26, 2011 – Thunder Bay City Council is asking all candidates running in the October 6, 2011 Provincial election to identify where they stand on issues important to the City of Thunder Bay and residents.

“City Council wants to know where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to the City of Thunder Bay and ensure members of our community have strong representation on key issues as our community continues to grow and evolve,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs.

Letters have been sent to provincial election candidates with questions asking for their personal views and party positions on several issues that City Council believes are of importance to the future of Thunder Bay.

Chair of the Intergovernmental Liaison Committee, Councillor Joe Virdiramo also stated: “The City works very closely with all levels of government and the issues put forward are key priorities for the City, and should come as no surprise to each of the candidates.”

The questions ask Thunder Bay-area candidates for their opinions on things like the Northern Growth Plan, infrastructure funding, energy policies and more.

Candidate responses will be posted on the City’s website during the week before the October 6, 2011 Provincial election.

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Contact: Mayor Keith Hobbs, 625-3601
                       
              Councillor Joe Virdiramo, 625-5547

 

September 23, 2011

 

To: Thunder Bay-Atikokan Candidates and Thunder Bay-Superior North Provincial Candidates

 
LIBERAL: Bill Mauro, MPP
PC: Fred Gilbert
NDP: Mary Kozorys
GREEN: Russ Aegard

LIBERAL: Michael Gravelle, MPP
PC: Anthony LeBlanc
NDP: Steve Mantis
GREEN: Scot Kyle
 

Thunder Bay City Council is asking all candidates running in the October 6, 2011 Provincial election to identify where they stand on issues important to the City of Thunder Bay and its residents.

Responses received by Wednesday, September 28 will be posted to the City’s website during the week before the October 6, 2011 Provincial vote.

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING PRIORITIES OF THE CITY OF THUNDER BAY?

  • Establish a Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs office in Thunder Bay to assist and facilitate the ever-growing needs of Aboriginal people in the City and Region.
  • Develop Provincial energy policies that provide competitive pricing and energy sufficient to meet the supply needs anticipated for industrial and residential growth in the North.
  • Commit to the principles of the Northern Ontario Growth Plan and support its implementation including devolution of decision-making authority to Northerners.
  • Support enhanced dedicated municipal infrastructure funding that addresses the many challenges of public infrastructure in Ontario.
  • Provide basic community services in Thunder Bay for users who require culturally sensitive services such as;
        - Withdrawal management and crisis housing for people dealing with serious substance use issues.
        - Regional Transitional Housing for people visiting the region who require support and services not offered in their home communities.
  • Provide alternate Non-Emergent Transportation for residents of Thunder Bay and the District served by Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
  • Adopt an Ontario Crime Prevention Strategy that provides core funding for crime prevention initiatives to municipal crime prevention councils.
  • Support in principle the development of a new Thunder Bay Event Centre subject to completion of the detailed Phase 2 Feasibility Study.

Thank you for taking the time to respond. We look forward to hearing from you soon so we can inform the citizens of Thunder Bay.

On behalf of City Council,

 

Keith P. Hobbs