Northern Mayors Meet NDP Caucus

Infrastructure,  housing and transportation were the key issues raised during a meeting of Northeastern Ontario mayors and the federal New Democrats. Leader Thomas Mulcair also met with the mayors. The delegation, led by Mayor Tom Laughren of Timmins, met with the Ontario Caucus of the federal New Democrats as well as addressing the national caucus. The focus was on the growing infrastructure gap in the north. 

Charlie Angus says the meeting was very positive.

 "The message we heard from the northern mayors was clear -- the federal government has a major role to play in working with municipalities. The Federal Conservatives have dropped the ball on key issues. We are going to work with northern mayors on the issues that matter." 

Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes says New Democrats are committed to working with municipal leaders across the north. 

"The housing shortage in Northern Ontario is having a major impact on development in our region. The mayors know what is happening at the ground level. The New Democratic caucus will work closely with the mayors on the issues that matter to northerners."

The team of mayors came from the North East Ontario Mayors Association. They included Mayor Tom Laughren of Timmins, Al Spacek of Kapuskasing, Gilles Forget of Iroquois Falls and Mike Milinkovich of Black River Matheson.