Northern Ontario Party gearing up for 2018 election, proposes 'northern' MNRF
Party leader Trevor Holliday says past legislation goes against 'what northerners know is happening'
If the Northern Ontario Party has its way, there will be a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry devoted to the north.
At a Nipissing riding association meeting Monday night, party leader Trevor Holliday outlined his plans for a parallel ministry.
"If the MNR is created for northern Ontario, there could be two separate entities," Holliday said. "Or have the one, that's all based and run out of northern Ontario, where the natural resources are."
But the party's overall goal is still to separate the north of the province from bigger cities down south, like Toronto. And more details of their platform will be made public soon, Holliday said.
As for the MNRF, Holliday said his party would ensure the ministry would be based in the region and operated by people from the north.
"The current government, anytime they make a decision, it's usually against what northerners know is happening," Holliday said.
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He cited legislation around the spring bear hunt, and confusion over Ontario's moose population.
"They blame wolves, and they keep jumping to conclusions on what they think is causing problems," Holliday said. "Instead of actually asking the people who've lived in the areas."