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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ontario Budget Passes, ONTC for Sale

Well, it didn't come as much of a surprise that the Ontario budget passed yesterday.  Despite all the posturing, the three main political parties really didn't want a summer election, nor did most Ontarians.  While the NDP abstained, the Progressive Conservatives opposed the Liberal budget, a budget which in fact contained very little cross-party collaboration, despite the fact that we have a minority government.

What of the ONTC?  As usual, media coverage in southern Ontario has been oblivious to anything happening north of Highway 7.  Both motions to stall or prevent the sale were voted down and the passage of the budget has removed what is likely the last legislative hurdle to the divestment.

Despite this, the fight to save the ONTC continues with a large rally at Laurentian University in Sudbury on 23 June, which will coincide with a visit from the Liberal party.  The budget passing is a blow, but the fight for Ontario Northland isn't over.

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