Andrea Horwath's extreme NDP no longer working for the people of Northern Ontario

Andrea Horwath's extreme NDP no longer working for the people of Northern Ontario

NDP star anti-jobs candidate opposes mining in the North

PARRY SOUND - This morning, before the Northern Ontario debate, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford laid into NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for cratering to Downtown Toronto special interests at the expense of Northern Ontario jobs.

Andrea Horwath’s star candidate in Lanark-Frontenac and Kingston candidate Ramsey Hart is a radical anti-mining activist who spent years attacking Northern Ontario development at MiningWatch.

“Ramsey Hart did not just make one or two negative comments about the mining industry. He dedicated his entire career to attacking the mining industry - shutting down mines, and forcing miners out of a job,” added Ford. “It is his personal crusade.”

“He opposes developing the Ring of Fire. He’s called for raising taxes in order to cripple mining companies, and delights when mines shut down and tens of thousands of mines lose their job.”

Ford questioned who Andrea Horwath is really working for, and called on the media to hold Andrea Horwath to account for her candidates’ extreme values and views.

“This is today’s NDP. Once they fought for the working people, but today they are under the control of Downtown Toronto special interests,” added Ford. “Of course the NDP has always been a little crazy, a little bit angry, a little bit extreme.”

“You don’t have to choose between Liberal corruption and NDP extremism. You can vote for jobs. You can vote for hope. You can vote for real change,” concluded Ford. “We’re the only party that is for the people. Help is on the way.”

NDP STAR CANDIDATE, RAMSEY HART:

“...the [mining] industry’s dirty and dangerous legacy…” - The Dominion, October 21, 2008

“That’s a pretty important sign that the economics of the Ring of Fire are questionable.” - CBC, May 29, 2014

Though he doesn’t take it personally, most mining companies would rather that Ramsey Hart simply did not exist. “That’s true in most, if not all cases,” admits the Environment and Resource Studies alumnus (’97). - University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environment

“Living next to a mine can really be the pits.” - Mining Watch blog, November 2, 2012

Authored an article called: Next Ontario budget should hike mining royalty rates. - Toronto Star, April 22, 2013

“If mining the Ring of Fire is truly in the public's interest – and that is a big if - why not take the time to do it right?” - Desmog
Canada, August 28, 2013

“In our view, the political emphasis on the project [the Ring of Fire] is premature and out of sync with current economic realities.” - Republic of Mining, June 5, 2014

“We question whether the Ring of Fire can be mined without being a massive financial burden on Ontario taxpayers, or without trashing the province's most pristine watershed.” - Desmog Canada, August 28, 2013

“Concerns are also increasing in Timmins,Ontario, a town that is no stranger to mining, but where residents now face a huge new open pit development by Goldcorp. The pit would contravene existing provincial guidelines for the proximity of residences to the pit and has raised concerns about possible damage to surrounding buildings, to quality of life, and property values.” - Rabble, November 2, 2012

"Recycling and reducing our consumption of 'stuff ' is the only alternative to mining new minerals, be it chromite or other metals." -
Sudbury Star, August 13, 2012