North be­ing ig­nored

The Sudbury Star - - OPINION -

Re: ‘North­ern On­tario Party seeks in­flu­ence,’ Oct. 11.

I think the NOP has a great op­por­tu­nity, as John Wil­son de­scribes. Queen’s Park is drain­ing the North of ev­ery dol­lar pos­si­ble to sup­port de­vel­op­ment in the GTA. High-speed rail for south­ern On­tario? No-speed rail in the North.

Do you re­mem­ber the prom­ise of “im­proved” bus con­nec­tions when the North­lander was can­celled? Now, we can’t even get from Hearst or Ka­puskas­ing to Thun­der Bay by bus with­out go­ing overnight through Sault Ste. Marie. I like the Sault, it’s a won­der­ful North­ern city, but how con­ve­nient is that for med­i­cal travel and folks who don’t own a car?

The list goes on. North­ern­ers are alien­ated like we haven’t seen in 40 years. On­tario has be­come a di­chotomy that will only sep­a­rate our re­al­i­ties fur­ther. Pop­u­la­tion in the North stag­nates un­der colo­nial govern­ment pol­icy, while the south gets fo­cus and ex­pands ex­po­nen­tially. North­ern On­tario has the pop­u­la­tion of New Brunswick and way more re­source wealth. It’s time to work to­ward a new re­al­ity, within Canada. I pre­dict NOP will do well. Ge­orge Gra­ham Hearst

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