Submitted by the Campaign for Niagara Falls PC Canadidate Bart Maves
To Joyce Morocco, Liberal Candidate, and Wayne Gates, NDP Candidate, January 29th, 2014
Dear Ms. Morocco and Mr. Gates,
It has been two weeks since the beginning of the by-election and Niagara Falls residents have yet to hear directly in an open and public forum from your Leaders about their failed record and unrealistic plans that will only lead to more debt and higher taxes.
Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak has always stood up for the Niagara Region. He has shown leadership by talking to residents directly about his plan to create jobs and to make the necessary investments to improve health care for Niagara Falls. In fact, over the past three months, he has held 6 town hall meetings to listen to the concerns of Niagara residents.
While attending those town halls, I heard directly from families who are struggling because of deliberate decisions by the Liberals and NDP that have threatened the livelihoods of everyone relying on the Fort Erie Race Track. I have heard far too many troubling stories about our families being hurt because we have the highest hydro rates in Canada. Residents also spoke quite passionately about the need to improve health care.
While door-knocking throughout the riding, I have heard residents express their anger that Premier Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath have refused to talk about their parties’ track record on these issues. In particular, they want to know:
- Why Premier Wynne and Ms. Horwath have been silent on the fact that the Liberals, aided and abetted by the NDP, supported the devastation of the Fort Erie Race Track?
- Why have your parties been hiding the fact that they voted in favour of expensive taxpayer subsidies for wind and solar that has driven up hydro bills in Niagara Falls?
- Why did the Liberals ignore the need for a new Niagara South hospital for 16 months until a by-election was eminent?
- Will the NDP explain why they think a new hospital in Niagara Falls is “preposterous” and why they are opposed to Dr. Kevin Smith’s plan to save taxpayers $285 million while providing better health services?
Premier Wynne and Ms. Horwath are hiding from taxpayers. They are running from the fact that hydro rates have doubled because of their decisions and our region has Ontario’s highest unemployment rate. Niagara Falls deserves better. I hope that your leaders decide to follow the lead of Tim Hudak and take some time to listen directly to the concerns of the constituents of Niagara Falls. If they are unwilling to do so during an election, why should anyone take anything they say as anything except rhetoric for their own self-interest?
Will you call on them to follow Tim Hudak’s example by facing the families of our communities in an unscreened, open town hall?
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