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MPP Norm Miller calls Northern Ontario Growth Plan “dismal failure”

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Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller has some strong words for the Northern Ontario Growth Plan.

He was in Queen’s Park yesterday asking the Minister of Northern Development and Mines about the program.

Miller says six years after its announcement, the numbers show the program has been a dismal failure.

According to Miller in the six years since the program was announced, Northern Ontario has dropped in population over the age of 15, lost around 5,000 full-time jobs and 7,000 part-time jobs.

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The value of building permits has also dropped in the same amount of time.

Miller also went after a promise from 2011 from the province to develop a transportation strategy for the north.

He added that transportation infrastructure is the biggest challenge to business and life in Northern Ontario.

Miller criticized the government for announcing a $21 billion investment into high speed rail from Toronto to Windsor, but once again ignored the needs of Northerners.

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