Foulds takes 'big step' into provincial ring
Thunder Bay councillor seeks NDP nomination; accuses Liberals of mismanagement
Posted: Feb 22, 2013 8:08 AM ET
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2013 9:40 AM ET
Thunder Bay city councillor Andrew Foulds wants to enter provincial politics and says he's seeking the NDP nomination in Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Foulds said many people have encouraged him to run for higher office.Thunder Bay councillor Andrew Foulds. (Supplied)
“The next step is a big one,” he said.
“I'm 40 years old, I have a young family. It's a big decision; it's a big family decision. But the thing that really governed me particularly is what I'm seeing at Queen's Park.”
Foulds said the Liberal government has mismanaged many issues including energy, the air ambulance service and eco-fees. He also criticized the government for failing to consult First Nations as full partners.
'Strong things will be said'
Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle said he welcomes the prospect of a campaign against Coun. Foulds, whom Gravelle called a strong candidate.Thunder Bay Superior North Liberal MPP Michael Gravelle (Nicole Ireland/CBC)
“We will be engaged in a strong, aggressive campaign,” he said.
“Issues will get discussed, positions will be taken, strong things may be said, but it won't be personal — and I think that's very important.”
At a news conference Thursday, Foulds lashed out at the Liberal government, saying Ontarians deserve better.
Gravelle has held the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding for the Liberals for 18 years.
Foulds is in his second term as councillor for the Current River ward.
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