THUNDER BAY, ON ----- May 26, 2011 --- Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak congratulated Anthony LeBlanc on his nomination as the Party’s official candidate for Thunder Bay – Superior North. On October 6, Northern families will have a clear choice between Dalton McGuinty, who has grown out of touch with what's discussed around the kitchen tables and on mainstreets in Northern communities, and an Ontario PC Government that will deliver real relief for families.
LeBlanc noted that the HST and soaring hydro bills have made life unaffordable for many Northern families, and that an Ontario PC Government would provide immediate relief for families and seniors facing rising energy costs by removing the HST from home hydro and heating bills, and removing the debt retirement charge from home hydro bills.
LeBlanc built his career in business through multiple sales-based opportunities before moving through the ranks all the way to the position of Vice President Global Sales at Research in Motion. He then went on to form Ice Edge Holdings, a partnership dedicated to bringing hockey to Canadian markets.
“While the McGuinty Liberals have grown increasingly out of touch with the North, the hard-working families in Thunder Bay – Superior North can count on Anthony to deliver change.” said Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
“It is clear to me that there is a tremendous desire for change among families in Thunder Bay - Superior North struggling to keep up under Dalton McGuinty who is out of touch with their priorities. An Ontario PC Government will listen to the North, respect that every tax dollar comes from hard working families and provide relief from Dalton McGuinty's endless tax hikes.” -Anthony LeBlanc, Thunder Bay – Superior North Ontario PC Candidate
Dalton McGuinty has presided over the loss of 45,000 northern jobs and the closure of 60 mills.
A PC government would provide immediate relief for families and seniors facing rising energy costs by:
o Removing the HST from residential hydro bills.
o Removing the HST from residential home heating bills (natural gas and other fuels).
o Removing the Debt Retirement Charge from residential hydro bills. Taken together, these three steps will give a typical Ontario household $275 in immediate relief from rising energy bills.
Tim Hudak’s health care plan includes bringing more doctors to the communities that need them. Encouraging doctors, nurses, and physician assistants to work collaboratively in under-serviced areas to meet patients’ needs, and increasing residency placements for medical students from Ontario who have training outside Canada and want to return home to practice.
Health funding under a Tim Hudak government will be $6.1 billion more per year in the final year of its mandate than it is today.