The Ontario Progressive Conservative Candidate for the new Mushkegowuk-James Bay riding, Andre Robichaud, launched his campaign office on May 2 from its location at 100 Government Rd. Kapuskasing.
The event saw Robichaud detail some of his platform for the upcoming June 7 provincial election.
“This election is about change and opportunity, not only for this province but for this riding,” Robichaud said. “ We have an opportunity to be the first team elected in this new riding. An opportunity to send a PC to Queen's Park, the first since the early 80's.”
“The Progressive Conservatives have five major priorities for the province.”
These priorities include focusing on the Hydro situation to see bill reductions, tax reductions, restoring responsibility, accountability, and trust in the government, returning jobs to the province, and improving upon health care.
“We intend to do that by bringing in 15,000 new hospital beds in the next five years, and 30,000 within ten,” he said. “We're going to invest money on the front lines in Health Care.”
In regards to Northern Ontario, Robichaud said that there is a plan.
“The first thing we want to do is resource revenue sharing, to get a portion of the revenue from mining, forestry, and their aggregates and give it back to the municipalities,” he said. “That goes back to putting money back in the pockets of Northern Ontario.”
He said that revisiting and restoring the passenger rail service, reducing aviation fuel taxes, and ensuring that hunting and fishing revenues go back to conservation are other aspects that will be looked at.