Michael Gravelle nominated for reelection in Thunder Bay–Superior North

Friday, April 6, 2018

THUNDER BAY—Veteran legislator the Hon. Michael Gravelle was nominated today to seek a seventh term as MPP.

“For the last twenty-three years, it has been my privilege to serve as your provincial representative. Over that time, I’ve worked hard to be a strong voice for you at Queen’s Park and I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to continue to fight for our shared interests,” said Gravelle.

“As your MPP, I’m proud of the many accomplishments we’ve been able to achieve together for our riding. I’ve fought hard to expand the four-laning of Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon, announced important next steps for the Ring of Fire with plans for all-season access roads to the project, fought to reduce the cost of energy by nearly 50% for some residents through the Fair Hydro Plan, and brought millions of dollars in new investment through the NOHFC to create and protect thousands of jobs across the Northwest,” Gravelle added. “NOHFC support from our government has been instrumental in stimulating sectors across the North, such as craft beer, agriculture and food, as well as film and television, which continues to grow throughout the Northwest.”

“As a strong Northern advocate, I’m also proud of the work that our government has done to make life more affordable and better for all Northerners—things like investing in a new cardiovascular surgery unit being developed at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences, increasing the northern health travel grant, offering free prescription drugs to northerners under the age of 25, and reducing the cost of post-secondary tuition for thousands of students across the North,” Gravelle concluded. 

Michael Gravelle was first elected as MPP in 1995. He has long been a dedicated community member, with an accomplished political and public-service record, including his current role as Minister of Northern Development and Mines and previous role as the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. He was co-founder of the North of Superior Film Association and has served on the boards of the Magnus Theatre Company and the AIDS Committee of Thunder Bay. He worked as a federal and provincial political advisor, as a publicist for the CBC and as coordinator of Northern Development Councils for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.

Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan that is creating opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change and uncertainty. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families are not experiencing the benefits of that growth and feel they can't get ahead. That’s why the Ontario Liberal plan has stepped up to make tuition free for 225,000 students, provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, build 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Conservatives have vowed to undo the minimum wage increase because no matter who their leader is, it is the same old Conservative Party. While a Liberal government is focused on investing in care and providing better supports for caregivers, the Conservatives remain focused on cutting health care and education and jeopardizing the services Ontarians rely on by firing 75,000 workers. 

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