North being ignored
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