In 2003, Dalton McGuinty campaigned to save Ontario. David Orazietti campaigned to give Sault Ste. Marie better representation in Toronto. Both men won, both men have improved the lives of every citizen of Ontario. The record speaks for itself. Billions of dollars have been spent on jobs, on making Ontario a great place to live and a great place to work.
The Conservatives and the New Democrats, they are making this election a referendum on Premier Wynne and the Liberal Party. They are playing partisan politics. They rejected a good budget. Yes, this is a referendum on the Liberal Party. Yes, we will look at their record. The Liberals have done so much good for this province.
While the Liberals were in office, twenty three new hospitals have been built. 23. That's a lot of hospitals. Here in the Sault, the Sault Area Hospital has flourished under the Liberal government. The quality of care in this city has improved drastically. While the Conservatives were in power for eight years, between 1995-2003, they only built three hospitals. The New Democrats between 1990-1995, they built NONE.
Education. In Sault Ste. Marie, David Orazietti has delivered us 5 new schools. Five. And the Liberals have funded expansions and renovations for many more schools. It's incredible what we have been given here! The NDP, they cut teaching wages and increased class sizes, while building very few schools in Ontario. The Conservatives, they did even worse, they cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the education budget, and they closed hundreds of schools. The PC's say that they're committed to education? Their record shows otherwise.
Jobs. I've heard people say "Hey! The unemployment rate is 7.% in Ontario right now, compared to just over 6% in 2003! Why are there less jobs?" Yes, there is a shortage of jobs right now. Employers aren't hiring. They are pinching pennies. Businesses aren't coming to Sault Ste. Marie. It's depressing. Heck, even I don't have a job! I've been looking for work for months, and yes, I'm frustrated that I can't find anyone that's willing to hire me. The government of Ontario isn't to blame for that. The PC's and the NDP will tell you that the government CAN create jobs. Tim Hudak, he thinks he can create a million! He can't. Tim Hudak cannot control companies. Premier Wynne cannot control companies. They can invest in infrastructure to create construction jobs, that's about it.
Those who complain that the government is to blame for the Sault's record high 10% unemployment, they're wrong. It's the EDC of Sault Ste. Marie that isn't doing enough to bring stores like Target or Ikea or Toys R Us or Gap or Old Navy to the city. They need to pick up the pace. There are a lot of angry, unemployed people that are going to have the heads of City Councillors and the Mayor if they don't pressure the EDC to bring jobs here.
We can wait forever for the City Council to do their jobs properly, but I'll tell you all one thing: We're being treated fairly well under the Liberals. They have funded health care and education, they are investing in jobs (jobs that the Provincial government can create) like the NDP and the PC's never have. We need to re-elect the Liberal Party. Sault Ste. Marie needs to re-elect David Orazietti. They will continue to work for Ontarians, they will support infrastructure (4-laning of Hwy 17 North!), they will help families by increasing the Ontario Child Benefit by $100, they will make Ontario the greatest province in Canada, they will make our lives better. On June 12th, I'll be voting Liberal, and you should too.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.