Conservative Cuts To Fednor Will Slash Jobs
April 5th, 2013 - 6:47pm
While the Conservatives are quick to issue scathing statements that don’t dispute the inadequate funding to FedNor, New Democrats are calling on them to reverse FedNor funding cuts that will result in 20 job losses at the agency.
“What Minister Clement calls “efficiencies” in Ottawa, here in Northern Ontario, we know what that really means: cuts and job losses,” said Charlie Angus. “The Conservatives don’t understand that Northern Ontario’s economy is more than the Ring of Fire – we have many important industries, but the Conservatives are ignoring them.”
The 2013 federal budget announced that FedNor and FedDev, the economic development agency forSouthern Ontario, would be receiving a new Ministerial position. However, the new strategic plan for FedNor released last week shows that overall spending for FedNor will be slashed by nearly 18%, from $81-million in 2012 to just $60.3-million in 2014-15. These new spending cuts at FedNor follow the cancellation of the Local Initiative Grant program in last year’s budget, and will result in approximately 20 job losses, or 1/6 of the staff at FedNor.
“This just goes to show that the Conservatives are only concerned with their industry friends instead of helping Northern Ontario. Letting 20 jobs disappear, among other programs, so that they can support their Conservative insiders shows how their priorities are dead wrong,” said NDP FedNor critic John Rafferty (Thunder Bay—RainyRiver).