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Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Conservatives’ Rickford welcomes enhanced mining tax credit


Kenora incumbent Conservative candidate Greg Rickford welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that a re-elected Conservative government would continue to support responsible resource development through tax credits encouraging mineral exploration, including in North-western Ontario.

“Mining is at the heart of many of our communities, and there are numerous examples of mining exploration throughout the region, including Avalon Metals in Kenora and Treasury Metals in Dryden to name a few,” Greg Rickford said. “With this enhanced and expanded credit, companies and communities will have the certainty needed to move forward with potentially game-changing mining projects like the Ring of Fire, providing jobs and growth for North-western Ontario.”

The existing Mineral Exploration Tax Credit was introduced by the Harper Government in 2006 and has helped mining companies raise over $5.5 billion for exploration. A re-elected Harper Government will extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for three years to continue to support mining exploration and investment.

Prime Minister Harper also announced an enhanced Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for Northern and remote projects to help support potential mines that face higher costs because of their remote location and distance from transportation routes.

Rickford also noted that both the Liberals and the NDP have a record of irresponsibly attacking the Canadian resource sector and the jobs that it provides.

“As the Prime Minister has said, Justin has voted against the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit and publicly opposes a number of critical projects that would develop our resources responsibly and create jobs,” Rickford said.

“Thomas Mulcair and the NDP oppose resource development for ideological reasons and voted against the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit,” said Rickford. “Northern Ontarians cannot expect the anti-development activists within the NDP to support or develop natural resources opportunities that will benefit our communities.”

Hampton: Recycled tax credit won’t make up for failure of Conservatives to support Ring of Fire


Northern Ontario NDP Candidates Howard Hampton (Kenora) and Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) blasted the Prime Minister for his failure to support mining jobs in the region.

“It’s pretty rich for Mr. Harper to come to Northern Ontario and pretend he supports mining jobs after he has so badly mishandled the Ring of Fire,” said Hampton. “The Conservative failure to support infrastructure in our region has cost billions of dollars of investment and thousands of potential jobs for Northern Ontarians.”

The Ring of Fire project has stalled because of the federal Conservatives’ failure to work with other governments to unlock the once in a generation potential of the mineral deposits. The Conservatives’ 2015 Budget ignored Northern Ontario and failed to allocate any funding for infrastructure and training to develop the project.

“The Conservatives claim of helping ‘hard to reach’ mines is laughable – many of these mines are hard-to-reach because their government has failed to invest in infrastructure in Northern Ontario,” said Gravelle, who has repeatedly demanded action on this critical file. “This is a project that will benefit our region for generations to come. The government must sit down with First Nations, the province, and northern communities to get moving on the Ring of Fire.”


Nault meets with Premier Wynne to discuss Northern issues


Bob Nault, Liberal candidate for the Kenora riding, met with Kathleen Wynne, the Premier of Ontario, during her brief visit to Kenora on Wednesday. During the visit Mr. Nault relayed the concerns he has heard from Northerners at their doorsteps regarding the cost of hydro in Northern Ontario, and the state of health care and the economy in the region.

“One concern I have heard at the door steps is the cost of hydro in Northern Ontario,” said Mr. Nault. “It’s important that federal and provincial leaders work closely together to find a solution to make the cost of living in the North more affordable. We need a Member of Parliament and a government that understands that to deal with issues of this magnitude we need all levels of government working together.”

The Liberal Party of Canada has just announced our commitment to a dedicated infrastructure fund for Green infrastructure. This commitment of $20 billion over ten years will help to fund projects such as clean energy, which has the potential help lower the cost of hydro in Northern Ontario.

“Premier Wynne cares deeply about our region and reconfirmed that her government is tackling issues that Northerners care about most,” said Mr. Nault.

Mr. Nault also strongly recommended to the Premier that her government look at funding for a new hospital in Kenora in the upcoming fiscal year.

“One of my local priorities in this campaign is to build a new hospital in Kenora with a four party agreement between the Federal, Provincial, Municipal and First Nations governments. A new regional hospital is the solution we need to deal with the unique health care challenges we face in our region.”

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