Published on: 2/15/2013 3:06:36 PM Print | Font Sizes:  Normal Text Large Text

Cautious optimism for new provincial cabinet

By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Al Spacek, FONOM president and Kapuskasing mayor.
Al Spacek, FONOM president and Kapuskasing mayor.

The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is optimistic for a “renewed relationship” between Queen's Park and Northern Ontario.

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) remains a hot topic with the association, which is calling on the new ministers to take “swift action” to stop the divestment process.

FONOM further wants the province to extend the pilot program to keep five provincial parks to remain open for either spring 2013 or 2014.

“Decisions made by the former Liberal government last year that affected Northern Ontario like the plan to divest in and sell off ONTC and close ten northern parks for overnight camping, was a tremendous disappointment to Northern communities,” said FONOM president and Kapuskasing mayor Al Spacek.

“With a new cabinet in place, there is hope for building a stronger northern economy. FONOM will not be wasting any time approaching the new cabinet members on important Northern files. We plan to get to work immediately with members of the new cabinet to focus on solutions.”

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