ENCOURAGING MEETINGS HELD WITH PREMIER AND MINISTERS
For immediate release: Monday, February 25, 2013
TORONTO – Representatives of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are in Toronto this week to meet with Government and Opposition Leaders and to participate in the Ontario Good Roads Association & Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference.
“NOMA had an extremely productive meeting this morning with: Premier Wynne; Minister of Municipal Affairs, Linda Jeffrey; Minister of Northern Development & Mines, Michael Gravelle; Minister of Natural Resources, David Orazietti; Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Glen Murray; Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli; Minister of Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal; and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, David Zimmer; as well as numerous Parliamentary Assistants,” said Mayor Ron Nelson, NOMA President. “We discussed the tremendous potential of the mining developments in the Northwest and the need for the Ontario Government to take the lead to ensure this opportunity is not missed.”
Discussions also included the suspension of the conversion of the Thunder Bay Generating Station and the overall energy needs of the Northwest, the proposed regulations to the Endangered Species Act, the Northern Growth Plan, and the need for infrastructure support in a multitude of areas including social housing, roads, bridges, and water systems.
“We were very pleased to have the Premier of Ontario attend our meeting and believe this is a positive sign that our concerns are being heard and will be addressed,” commented Nelson. “We are also pleased that Minister Chiarelli committed to meet with the Energy Task Force later this week to discuss in detail our concerns regarding the future of the Thunder Bay Generating Station.”
NOMA represents the interests of 36 municipalities from Kenora and Rainy River in the west to Hornepayne in the east.
Ron Nelson, NOMA President
Cell phone: (807) 621-8211