While Hudak's been talking tax suspension and Hillier's been talking ban repeals, Christine Elliott has been talking Northern development. The candidate announced on Wednesday her plan for helping Northern Ontario:
- Establishing a law school in Northern Ontario
- Ensuring affordable access to broadband. (Elliott does not elaborate on what would constitute "affordable" or how the government would assure that it would be.)
- Establishing "centres of excellence in transforming resource based industries into high value-added, green technology job generators."
- Supporting the Law Foundation of Ontario’s proposal (I think that's what she's talking about) to use existing videoconferencing systems that are in place for health services to
provide legal service in remote areas and perhaps creating incentives for law students to move to and practice in under-serviced areas.
Yeah, it's all a little vague, but at least it gives you an idea of where she's coming from. It's a step in the right direction.
So there you have it. It seems that three of the four candidates have jumped into the policy race. It's good to see that Ontario PCs will have something to sink their teeth into when they're deciding who to support. I'm a little disappointed to see so many plans for government to do more, but not all PCs will be and hopefully there's some real debate on ideas coming our way.
(To be fair, Klees has a policy section on the front page of his website, but so far it basically lists the party's principles rather than any substantive policy. I look forward to seeing a contribution from the guy brave enough to breach the topic of privatizing aspects of health care last time around.)
Cross posted to The Shotgun.