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Jacqueline Bynon, Andre and Brissette Lucas, Bianca Lankheit, Baljinder Bedesha, Jack Garner, John Nater, Chris McGirr, Muriel Wright, Dave Brister, Roger Clarke, Nick Switalski, Andrew E. Hewitt, Bert Radford, Joyce Savoline, Earl Saar, Ted Chudleigh, Mike Yen, Patrick Harris, Ted Fleming, David Brown, Joshua Lieblein, Ann Fudge, Michael Genova, Don Kilimnik, Julie Wu, Les Kobli, Julia Munro, Peter Flynn, Norm Sterling, Zoran Churchin, Bill Top, Philip Capobianco, Vivian Jarvis, Karma Macgregor, Rob Alder, Rein Harmatare, Joyce Foster, Taylor Egan, Al Proulx, Phil Squire, Katie Miller, Jeremy Hollingsworth, Michael D. Rawson, Andrew Dowie, Roger Tickner, Douglas McVeigh, Bobbi Ann Dwonikiewicz, Christopher Reid, Chris Crawford, Mario Giangioppo, Bruce MacLellan, Andrew Boddington, Susan Fentie, Catharine Galt, Robert Deshaies, Mark Marji, Bob Senechal, David Dawson, Utsav Sanduja, Carol Williams, Michael Spencley, Kathleen Perchaluk, Louis Delongchamp, Ken Davison, Steven Lewis, Domenic Ursini, Gordon Baker, Arun Channan, David Robinson, Grant Dingwall, Todd Branch, Marshall Leslie, Brian Eminovski, Troy Young, Gerry Martiniuk, David Noel, Maureen Gilroy, Parduman Dhillon, Peter Neilson, Bill Giguere, Rob Ballagh, Wayne Innis, Ian Robertson, Elmore Cudanin, Paul Radcliffe, Randy Jorgensen, Roy Carlstead, Martin Bugden, Chris White, Sylvia Jones, Randy Pettapiece, Kevin Fettig, Chuck McShane, Lisa Thompson, Amber Ruddy, Jackie Kimball, Doretta Wilson, Amarjeet Gill, Barb DeGroot, Mani Nair, Dave Boles, Andrew Poncia, Don Sheppard, Hope Russell, Harjit Jaswal, Vic Fedeli, Clark Savolaine, Bob Charters, Donna Jebb, Monte McNaughton, Jawinder Singh, Robert Shawyer, Ian Bacque, Alex Roman, Leonel Regimbal, John Walas, Ali Chahbar, John Mason, Tim O’Connor, Robert Elliott, Ann-Marie Noyes, Christopher Schafer, Melanie Lundstrom, Caroline Pinto, Richard Sieminski, Frederic Nzeyimana, Nigel Southway, Inge Juneau, Dave Wolfe, Scott Alderson, Anthony Chan, Gaggan Gill, Frank Klees, Rick Nicholls, Pamela Brand, Robin Martin, Lloyd Gorling, Peter Matteson, Stan Marshall, Paul Ankrett, Roberta Koch, Jonathon Calvert, Compton Chance, John R. Rutherford, Paul Lewkowicz, Jim McDonell,

Changebook and changebook North are the results of hundreds of ideas and thousands of conversations that have taken place across our province since 2008. That’s when our Party and caucus began the largest grassroots policy and idea exchange we have ever undertaken. The Ontario PC Party conducted over three dozen policy town halls and policy roundtables across the province. A robust series of consultations led to our Regional Policy Forums, which connected over 500 Nick Hussar, Phil PC members across Ontario via real-time webcast, who debated and voted on over 200 Sweetnam, Karlene Nation, Matt Bufton, Ashif Damji, Justin O’Donnell, policy options. Our Have Your Say Ontario survey broadened the discussions even further. We received advice from thousands of families from every corner of Ontario. We heard excellent ideas on how to give families the relief they need, and how to get government focused on the basics that matter most. The survey was translated into 15 languages and hit mailboxes and inboxes across the province.

Matteson, Stan Marshall, Paul Ankrett, Roberta Koch, Jonathon Calvert, Compton Chance, John R. Rutherford, Paul Lewkowicz, Jim McDonell, Brandy Hayes, Tony Kamphuis, Ted Byck, Paul Barnes, Wayne Wettlaufer, Jeffrey Lowes, John McGee, Chris Cottingham, Nanci McClellan, Cheryl Ford, Laurie Scott, Ken Petersen, Larry Scott, Nick Bergamini, Brad McKinnon, Elizabeth Witmer, Vince Agovino, Dave MacDonald, Anosh Jacob, Veso Sobot, Joe Chapman, Harry Jeganathan, Tim Hudak, JoAnne Best, Tom Adams, Gayani Weerasinghe, Kimberly Carson, Craig Draeger, Sue Tedesco, Pam Hundal, Agi Mete, Gary Ellis, Stephanie Brooks, Christine Elliott, Bert Chen, Justin Hannah, Edward Woolley, Cathy Calvert, Luciano Cedrone, Chris Menary, Lisa MacLeod, Marie Gauthier, Michael Kuriychuk, Jeff Miller, John Sanders, Lisa Rennie, Rayan Chattopadhyay, Derek Murray, Ken Audziss, Patrick Sayeau, Mike Quattrociocchi, Neal Roberts, Adam Meating, John Nicholls, Louis Florence, Peter Coy, Frank Gue, Eugene Pasternak, George Lepp, Jack MacLaren, Larry Malloy, Paul Madgett, Louis Kan, John Shaw, Justin Van Dette, Dominik Szymanski, Gordan Rennie, Bob Callow, Tony Armstrong, Geoff Janoscik, Ted Chudleigh, Fred Buchanan, Phillip Squire, Henry Lemeul, William Ferguson, Alec Young, Mike Auld, Stephen Somerville, Eric Markley, Paul Demers, Wendy Davies, Gary Shchepanik, Nancy Branscombe, Claire Kennedy, Frank J. McMahon, Marilissa Gosselin, Lara Coombs, Todd McCarthy, Alan Wilson, Dave Winlow, Sunny Gill, George Vanderberg, Ari Laskin, Liang Chen, Scott Hobbs, Jim Calvert, John Demik, Tayler Morin, Gul Nawaz, Tina Leslie, Fred Slade, Diane Litowski, Bob Hollands, Jason Hickman, Laurie Bickle, Ryan Smith, Martin Abell, Chungsen Leung, Rodger James, Anne Leroux, Jatinder Chera, Ted Scollie, Shawn McRae, Don Van Galen, John Alexopolous, David Barber, Rosemarie C hilderhose, Alexander Younger, Norm Miller, Elizabeth Calvert, Edward Hughes, Bob Dodds, Stephen Andrews, Larry Hardman, Crystal Lewis, Toby Barrett, Richard Margesson, Bruce Fitzpatrick, Tony Irwin, Dave Stocker, Renee Germain, Nick Drakich, Brandy Robertson Young, Kevin Moore, Kevin Wiener, Willyan de Jong, Jeff Butler, Alan Krolik, Ben Predergast, Deborah Sharp, Keith Hesse, Lynne Moore, J Lukasik, Jeff Yurek, Cheryl Bannier, Ted Mathews, Steven Desrocher, Rob DeGroot, Herbert Fels, Nancy Fiorentino, Jessica Oliver, Kevin Gaudet, William Parfitt, Andrea Clement-Christie, Bernard Zielinski, Simeon Drakich, Michelle Berman, John Yakabuski, Mike Baradziej, Tanya Murray, John Fraser, Joe Ganetakos, Jack Walsh, Michael Crase, Patricia Miscampbell, Harry Kondratas, John Andrachuk, Doug Freigburger, Alan Wilde, Antonio Garcia, Paula Peroni, Heather Kenny, Jonathan Colford, Bob Bailey, Blair McCreadie, Kim Dowds, Stan Stanek, Laura Hudson, Peter Lambrick, Robin Stewart, Brock Stephenson, Bryan Vanderkruk, Hartley Lefton, Jerry Ouellette, Ken Monteith, Harold Becker, Vicki Vancas, Rick Brown, Robert Bregman, Liam McCreery, Sam Luckhardt, Randy Hillier, Rod Jackson, Judith van Boxel, Vaughn Bender, Bart Maves, Tim Peterson, Steve Clark, Myles Wilson, Greg Harrington, Rocco Rossi, Jim Murphy, Paul Latam, Fred Hamelink, David Schulz, Rob E. Milligan, Steve Kidd, Fred Gilbert, Richard Wakefield, Michael Gyovai, Megan Boyle, Matilda Presner, Richard Groh, Jim Conlon, Rich Stivrins, Greg Rider, Chris Chapin, Al Dresser, Cheryl Miller, Ted Wigdor, Sam Goldstein, Alan McLaren, Judy Skidmore, Peter Shurman, Jason MacDonald, Warren Howard, Srinivasan Suppiramaniam, Sean Webster, Edward Kennedy, Minerva Yaniz, Ernie Hardeman, Al Robinson, Shan Thayaparan, Gerald Erwin, Steven Cooke, David Wylie, Chris Loreto, Alan Mostyn, Darlene Guinn, Suneil (Neil) Malik, Doug Shearer, Ron Nash, George Burton, Ken Zeise, Laura McLennan, Jonathan Strong, Wes Fudge, Amanda Meek, Eric Renaud, Ken Kim, Brandon Wallingford, William Giguere, Gerry Labelle, Alexia Forrester, Mario Longo, John Arnott, Brian Koeker, Carole Lyons, Bill Spinney, Susan Shaw, Tim Sutton, Jodie Jenkins, Ross McDuff, Kevin Magee, Dustin Angell, Bruce Cutten, Michael Mostyn, Robert Foster, Robert Kulik, Dan Powers, Sarah Ker-Hornel, Aaron Lindgren, Marjorie Brown, Albert Wai, Chris Green, Karen Auld, Mike St. Amant, Aaron Hunt, Jim Wilson, Robert Pearsall, Bryan Merkley, Dick Carpani, Alex Sloat, Bill Walker, Val Zanin, David Libby, John O’Toole, Richard Filion, Cyril Bagin, Harout Manougian, Jeffrey Meister, Lee St. James, Lyndon Koopmans, Carlene Rose-Mighty, Rick Doust, Les Liversidge, Laura Kurkimaki, Nick Holland, Ron Manfield, Richard Rintala, Don Fudge, Carlan Stants, Mike Senechal, Fred Sherman, Vic Gupta, Doug Guinn, Jonathan Nikkel, Hugh Neilson, Rick Brassard, Rene Soetsens, Laszlo Zsidai, Margaret Tupper, Irene Stewart, Ed O’Brien, Mark Agnew, John Shea, Janet Carwardine, Andrew Carson, Matt Stanteck, Robert Amaron, Dean McCabe, Paul Miner, Jonathan Ng, Tim West, Sam Anagnostopoulos, David Croome, Mary-Ann Irwin, Sarah Hutcheon, Frances Waldinger, Diane Jurkowski, David Braidwood, David Hutcheon, Alex Yuan, Laird Van Damme, Greg Lumley, Kenneth Voss, Beth Corbett, Carol Chudy, Rick Lundstrom, Sanjeev Maingi, Eric Hampel, Janice Leschinsky, Bob Bateman, Michael Demczur, Robert Lyng, Jeff Davis, Gary Newcombe, Matt Aleksic, Jonathan Reid, Nina Tangri, Pat Bateman, Wafik Sunbaty, Bob Prankard, Pawel Gebski, Donna Skelly, Arpan Khanna, Chris Tomalty, Al Spacek, Shawn Ruscitti, Nick deBoer, Trent Eickmeyer, Patrick Laughton, Mike Chopowick, Ashley Brown, Robert Stark, Hadyn Place, Bill Cober, Pauline Beal, Boyd Haan, Nick Young, Steven Church, Andrew Lahush, Lloyd Wicks, Mahendra Minhas, Stan Sudol, James T. Hook, Arn Brown, Marshall Draper, Ron Chatha, Brayden Aykers, Sarah Bobka, Bernie Tanz, Andrew Retfalvi, Alain Brandon, PJ Crosby, Stan Pejovic, John Bartlett, Ben Shenouda, Sue-Ann Levy, Cam Guthrie, Garfield Dunlop, Paula Laycock, Ted Arnott, Sabine El-Chidiac, Hugh MacIntyre, Michael Rennick, Robert Maich, Bill Murdoch, Joanna Rzekec, Leslie Steel, Rob Leone, Matthew Granville, Roger Jones, Marilyn McCutcheon, Aaron Atcheson, Robert Hakim, Tyler Brohman, Randy Aulbrook, John Capobianco, Ian Bourke

Ongoing policy research and consultation was conducted by over 350 volunteers on the Ontario PC Party’s 12 Policy Advisory Councils. Dozens of policy proposals were also collected from our PC Riding Associations, PC Youth Associations and PC Campus Clubs. The result of these perspectives, ideas, and discussions are reflected throughout changebook and changebook North: change that puts Ontario families first.

Changebook and changebook North were informed by thousands of families from across the province.

Change for a Stronger North
Ontario families want change. We’ve heard it everywhere we’ve been. The people calling for change the loudest are from the North, and with good reason. If Ontario is the engine of Confederation, then Northern Ontario is the fuel – the lumber, the minerals and the minds that power us forward. But for too long, the needs of the North have been ignored. Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals have in fact done worse than nothing to help Northern families – they have actively passed laws that prevent the North from growing and jobs from being created. The Southern Ontario special interests, with their fantasy view of what Northern living really is, have far too much say over decisions that affect actual Northern families. The North needs change. Dalton McGuinty just doesn’t understand that the North’s success can’t be driven from the special interests’ offices in Toronto. He hasn’t listened to thousands of families over the last two years, the way we have, and the way our party’s Northern candidates have. We have listened in conversations on the phone, emails, in meetings, and at community events. We have listened in the exchanges resulting from our discussion paper, Rebuilding Our North. We have listened to the thousands of Northerners who took part in our unprecedented Have Your Say Ontario survey.

Changebook North shows what we learned by listening. We learned that there is one challenge facing Northern families that requires an unrelenting focus: jobs. Most of all, we learned that to be successful, any policy to create jobs and ensure a strong future for the North has three questions at its core: Does it originate in the North? Does it protect the Northern way of life? Does it keep wealth in the North? Only if the answer was “yes” to all three would we include any policy in changebook North. Changebook North is divided into three sections: Change: To Build Stronger Communities Change: To Create More Jobs In The North Change: To Make The Most Of The North’s Natural Advantages With these three core priorities, a Tim Hudak government will bring change to ensure a future of jobs and opportunity for every Northern family.

[About Tim]
I was born and raised in Fort Erie, a small town in Niagara. My younger sister, Tricia, and I were lucky to have the love, support, and guidance of our parents, Pat and Anne Marie, both of whom were teachers. My introduction to the political process came from my mother, who was elected to town council. After graduating from university, I was a Customs Officer at the Peace Bridge. Then I traveled across Canada as part of a management team helping a major international retailer grow its operations throughout Canada. The motivation for my entry into politics came in the early 1990s. Like most of Ontario, my town was having a tough time. My friends were leaving Fort Erie, heading to other places to find the opportunities they were being denied at home. I wanted to stand up for families like mine, and restore the jobs and the sense of community that were under such serious pressure, not just where I lived, but all over Ontario. I was first elected as the MPP for Niagara South in 1995. I served as a Cabinet Minister for five years including the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. I was elected the 23rd Leader of the Ontario PC Party in June 2009. But the most important dates in my life are October 5, 2002, when I married my wife Debbie, and October 3, 2007, when the light of my life – my daughter Miller – was born. I want to be Premier to stand up for families ... to restore Ontario as the economic engine that drives this great country ... to ensure that Miller has every opportunity to succeed like I’ve had and more ... and to deliver the change Ontario needs. Ontario PC Leader

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Changebook is our plan to provide respect, relief, and change for families across Ontario. It was created in the same way as changebook North, through thousands of hours of listening. There are many policies in changebook that will be of particular interest to Northern families, to go along with the policies in changebook North:

We will introduce immediate relief for families’ energy bills.
This includes removing the HST from hydro bills. We will also remove the HST from the cost of home heating. Another immediate step will be the removal of the Debt Retirement Charge from hydro bills.

We will unplug the mandatory “smart” meters.
We will end mandatory time of use pricing. The smart meters forced on our homes – at a cost of more than $1 billion – have become nothing but government-sponsored tax machines.

We will be the best partner small business ever had.
Business – especially small business – needs to focus on growing, not on endless paperwork. We will appoint a Minister responsible for reducing the regulatory burden by a minimum of 30%. And we will introduce a Small Business Bill of Rights to recognize that they are the engines of job creation.

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Annual health spending under an Ontario PC government

We will grow our investments in health.
We will increase annual investments in health care by more than $6 billion by the end our first term. And we will bring more doctors to the communities that need them.

We will improve health care for Ontario seniors with 40,000 long term care beds.
We will support our seniors and their families by creating 5,000 new long term care beds. This is on top of the 35,000 renovated beds that will be coming on stream over the next ten years.

We will fix the apprenticeship system.
A Tim Hudak government will create more than 200,000 new apprenticeship spaces over four years. An important part of our plan is reducing the ratio of journeymen to apprentices, making it 1 to 1 to put more skilled workers on the job. We will bring a system designed for the needs of the 1970s into the 21st century to create lifelong, in-demand careers.

We will toughen our treatment of criminals.
A Tim Hudak government will require provincial prisoners to work up to 40 hours per week of manual labour. And we will use GPS technology to monitor registered sex offenders and other high risk offenders. Some of our other key commitments in changebook that benefit the North are outlined below. This includes giving all municipalities a share in the provincial gas tax revenue and supporting Ontario’s mining sector. For a detailed look at changebook, and its many changes to benefit all Ontario families, please visit www.changebook.ca.

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To Build Stronger Communities

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Change: To Build Stronger Communities

We will give gas tax money to every Northern community.
The Dalton McGuinty Liberals’ approach to sharing gas tax revenue robs the North of money that should stay there. Why? Because communities without a subway or bus system don’t get a share, even though every family in those communities pays the gas tax. In fact, only one out of six Northern municipalities receive any gas tax revenue at all under Dalton McGuinty. Under a Tim Hudak government, every Northern community will get a fair share of gas tax revenue to meet their local transportation needs. It means that more money and more local decisionmaking power will stay in the North. It means that local transportation priorities – roads, bridges and buses – will be addressed based on each community’s needs.

Infrastructure spending

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Change: To Build Stronger Communities

We will let Northern cities and towns decide for themselves how to develop and grow.
We will give Northerners more control over how their land is used and developed. The Dalton McGuinty Liberals listened to the special interests and created blanket laws for the entire province based on their experiences in Southern Ontario. Clearly, the situation in the vast, open North is different than that of the Greater Toronto Area. We will not require Northern Ontario to be under the thumb of planning rules so clearly designed for the Greater Toronto Area’s urban sprawl. We will allow local governments to develop Crown Land to create jobs and benefit Northerners. Parceling Crown Land for cottage lots is just one simple example of how the process can be kick-started. We will do this while fully respecting the interests of hunters and anglers.

We will protect the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation helps to stimulate development and create jobs in the North. We will protect it. We will focus the Fund’s investments on projects to help create jobs.

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We will hold Cabinet meetings in the North at least once a year.
Changebook North is the result of listening. To continue and formalize that process, a Tim Hudak government will hold at least one Cabinet meeting per year in Northern Ontario.

We will ensure First Nations are full partners in building and benefitting from a strong Northern economy.
We know that the vast economic potential of Northern Ontario demands real, honest and constructive two-way partnerships with Ontario’s First Nations. Part of our commitment will be twice-yearly meetings between the Premier and senior Cabinet Ministers and First Nations leaders to ensure both parties are doing their part to welcome investments and jobs.

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We will help Ontario become #1 in mining in Canada again.
As Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Tim Hudak helped to take Ontario to the very top of the rankings of the world’s best mining jurisdictions. In 2001, we were ranked 1st overall. Today we have plunged to 19th, and we are just 7th in Canada. This is unacceptable. We need change. For over a century, mines have created billions of dollars for our economy and created tens of thousands of well-paying, long-term jobs. The industry also has a huge role in our provincial and national economies, having helped the Toronto Stock Exchange become the leading global mining exchange. In short, Ontario needs a robust mining industry and the good, reliable, high-paying jobs it brings. A Tim Hudak government will be its strongest supporter. We will end the uncertainty and indecision that has been a hallmark of Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government, chasing away potential mining investments and jobs from the North. For example, we will work with the federal government to harmonize the environmental assessment processes that bog down important projects. We will remove barriers by cutting red tape, getting energy costs under control, ensuring fair and strong land tenure, and developing partnerships to bring the investments in infrastructure that a strong mining industry requires.
Source: Fraser Institute

[Ontario’s global mining ranking]
Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies - 2010

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Change: To Create More Jobs In The North

We will repeal the Liberal law that effectively bans new development in Northern Ontario.
Time and time again, Southern Ontario special interests make decisions on behalf of the North, usually with no consultation and little concern for the outcome. One example is Bill 191, the Far North Act, which turns much of the North into a virtual museum by banning development and killing potential jobs. How did this happen? Dalton McGuinty listened to Southern Ontario special interests and ignored Northern Ontario families. We will change the way the government views the North. A Tim Hudak government will repeal the Far North Act. We won’t cave in to the demands of Southern Ontario environmental groups. Instead, our priority will be creating jobs for every Northern family and creating wealth that stays in the North.

We will turn the promise of the Ring of Fire into a job-creating reality.
Ontario is sitting on a gigantic opportunity – tens of billions of dollars worth of jobs and prosperity. That’s bigger than the Sudbury Basin. It is a once-in-a-century opportunity for the North, for Ontario, and for Canada. Yet Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals have dragged their feet, refusing to jump on the high-value jobs and investments that are waiting. We will not let this historic opportunity pass us by. We will champion the Ring of Fire, representing the voice of Northern Ontario throughout the entire province. We will convince people in Southern Ontario that the Ring of Fire matters to them. And wherever government policy is a barrier, we will be open to all options to remove those barriers. We will make the Minister of Northern Development and Mines the government point person for moving the Ring of Fire forward. It is far too important to leave to a single middle manager in the bureaucracy as Dalton McGuinty has done.

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We will allow all Mining Tax revenue from new mines to stay in local communities and First Nations.
This is a long overdue change. The communities that build and support the mines will benefit even more from the new development.

We will help our forestry industry become #1 in Canada again.
Ontario’s forestry industry is in trouble. Once, it led the nation; today, it ranks near the bottom. Jobs have been lost, mills have closed and Dalton McGuinty has created chaos with a number of confusing policies that have a negative impact on forestry. We will work to bring the jobs and leadership that once defined our forestry industry. These are some of the specific steps we will take: A Tim Hudak government will create a forest tenure system that is transparent, fair, and provides the certainty necessary for job creation. Forest tenure is the cornerstone to the certainty the industry needs to invest in Ontario. We will work with the industry to remove any barriers to job creation related to wood supply. The forestry sector needs to know that there is a stable wood supply. We believe that the Ontario forests will support 26 million cubic meters per year for existing and new mills. When the industry is profitable again, we will direct a portion of stumpage fees to local communities and First Nations so they can share in the success. There will be no increases to fees to allow for this sharing of revenue.

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We will create the conditions for new high-value, knowledge-based jobs.

The ability to attract and keep the brightest minds in the North depends on a diverse economy. It is particularly important to keep our young people in Northern Ontario. We will encourage partnerships between government, the private sector, and postsecondary institutions to allow knowledge-based sectors to flourish. We understand that post-secondary education is one of the keys to training and keeping our brightest young minds in Northern Ontario. Changebook commits to creating up to 60,000 new spaces for Ontario students. Every Northern post-secondary institution will be given an opportunity to compete for these new spaces and find new ways to ensure access, affordability and excellence in our post-secondary institutions.

We will turn the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) into a foundation of Northern job creation.
The ONTC is more than everyday infrastructure. It’s a critical economic tool. But the ONTC needs change. For the North to reach its full potential, the ONTC must be modernized, and the quality of its services enhanced. We will appoint a Board where transportation expertise – not patronage – will provide the oversight and leadership that is required in leading private sector companies. We will move responsibility for the ONTC from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to the Ministry of Transportation. This will give the North much better integration with the entire provincial transportation network, policies, and future plans. We will help the ONTC meet its infrastructure challenges by giving it greater access to our $35 billion in infrastructure funding, much of it in transportation, that is outlined in changebook. This July, a McGuinty government agency – Metrolinx – selected a Québec-based company to refurbish GO Transit rail cars even though the ONTC has been doing high quality work for years. Yet Dalton McGuinty allowed this decision to stand, potentially costing over 100 good jobs. We believe this decision needs to be reviewed before the election.

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We will tackle runaway energy prices in Northern Ontario.
Dalton McGuinty’s expensive energy experiments have driven the cost of energy up in every corner of Ontario. But in Northern Ontario, where distances are greater, industry is more energy intensive, and the weather is cooler, higher energy costs destroy jobs. Changebook promises immediate relief to Ontario families and outlines steps – like ending these expensive experiments and ending mandatory smart meter pricing – to make energy more affordable over the longer term. We will also invest in an affordable and clean energy supply mix, focusing on proven technologies – like hydroelectric – that are effective, efficient, and clean. Recognizing the unique challenges in Northern Ontario, we will protect existing programs that help reduce the higher costs of energy in the North.

Impact of smart meter tax machines

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We will focus the Ministry of Natural Resources on supporting – not interfering with – Northern Ontario’s traditional way of life.
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has lost touch with its core mandate. It has become another example of Queen’s Park creating red tape and bureaucracy that only irritates and interferes with the people it’s supposed to serve. This sort of meddlesome bureaucracy costs jobs. The MNR needs change. Hunting, fishing, and trapping have been at the heart of our lives in this province since before Canada was founded. A Tim Hudak government will work to return the MNR to its core mandate of management, protection, and promotion of our natural heritage.

We will support conservation of wildlife and fish populations in Ontario.
We will ensure 100% of hunting and fishing licence revenue is dedicated to conservation. Those on the frontline of conservation like hunters and anglers will have a real say in how these funds are spent.

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We will provide relief to Ontario’s volunteers whose efforts are critical to supporting hunting and fishing.
Many of the people who hunt and fish spend their evenings and weekends providing important services such as volunteering at fish hatcheries and helping to restore wetlands. Under Dalton McGuinty, just being allowed to operate requires volunteer-run hatcheries to pay the same fees as an industrial polluter! We will eliminate these unnecessary fees to help support a world-class fishery in Ontario.

We will follow our great Ontario trails to more jobs and investment.
Over two million people use Ontario trails each year. Motorized and nonmotorized trails contribute over $2.5 billion annually to our economy, supporting healthy living, tourism, and creating tens of thousands of jobs throughout the province. Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals have made it harder and harder for people to enjoy Ontario’s trails. They seem to want to stop anyone from enjoying Northern Ontario’s beauty for example, by making Crown Land and forestry access roads less accessible for recreational purposes. We will open our trails for public use. A Tim Hudak government will introduce the “Ontario: Yours To Discover Act”. This law will free up Ontario’s public trails and access roads for outdoor activities. Crown Land is held in stewardship for all of us; we should all have access to those trails.

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changebook North
The last eight years have been tough on families across Ontario, especially in the North. Communities have struggled. Jobs haven’t been created fast enough. Yet the government makes its decisions to it based on the wishes of the Southern Ontario special interests, not by listening to the real needs of the North. The North needs change. Changebook and changebook North are that change. After listening to families from across the North, this is the change that creates jobs and secures Northern families’ futures. This is the kind of change the North deserves. This is the kind of change that builds wealth in the North and keeps it in the North, for the benefit of the North. The choice on October 6th is clear. More decisions forced on the North from afar. More money sent south. More jobs and opportunities sent to other provinces and countries. Or you can join with families across the North to make a better choice. A choice to be heard. A choice to put Northern families first. A choice for changebook North. A choice for a Tim Hudak government.

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