THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - November 13, 2019 (LSN) A delegation of business, government and labour representatives from Thunder Bay have just returned from Toronto following meetings with senior Provincial and City of Toronto representatives focused on discussing the many mutual benefits associated with Thunder Bay’s long-standing and important transportation relationship with Toronto.
The delegation also outlined the transportation linkages between the two cities and the need to address domestic content requirements.
“Our plant in Thunder Bay is the answer to the needs of the Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “A different provider would be more expensive and cause a significant delay in meeting the near term needs of the TTC and Metrolinx. We must also continue to make the point that a local content requirement would level the playing field with competing jurisdictions.”
“We are not asking for a handout, we are pushing for fair treatment,” explained Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission Chair, Craig Urquhart. “Other countries are pursuing domestic content requirements with vigor; we need to ensure all levels of Government understand and address the unleveled playing field that currently exists.”
The delegation from Thunder Bay included:
While in Toronto, the group met with Ontario Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney and her staff; Associate Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma, as well as City of Toronto Councillor and TTC Board Member Shelley Carroll.
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