Queen’s Park: March 24th
Hello Thunder Bay-Atikokan!
I am thrilled to see the start of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) playoffs, where the Thunder Bay North Stars are set to take on the Red Lake Miners.
I am also cheering on the Kam River Fighting Walleye, who have earned a bye into the Bill Salonen Cup Semi-finals. Supporting local sports teams is incredibly important to me, and I am proud to do what I can to help these teams succeed.
In addition to supporting local sports, I recently rose at Queen’s Park to talk about the playoff run of the Lakehead Thunderwolves Men’s Hockey team.
I believe that sports have the power to bring communities together, and I am always looking for ways to support local athletes and teams in Thunder Bay-Atikokan.
But my commitment to my constituents goes far beyond the realm of sports.
I am also excited to share some of the highlights from the 2023 Budget, which include investments in critical infrastructure such as all-season roads and community supports for the Ring of Fire region.
This will make it easier for people to travel, work, and access the resources they need to thrive.
I am also proud that the budget supports the mining sector through an estimated $25 million per year in additional Personal Income Tax relief via the federal Critical Mineral Exploration Tax Credit.
This investment will help support the growth of the mining sector, create jobs, and boost economic growth in the region.
The budget also addresses veterinarian shortages in rural and Northern Communities by starting a new collaborative Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program with the University of Guelph and Lakehead University, with an investment of $14.7 million over two years, starting in 2024-25.
This will help ensure that people and animals in the region have access to the medical care they need, no matter where they live.
Finally, the budget also supports the construction and renewal of the Northern Lakes K-12 School in Atikokan, helping to ensure that children in the area have access to a high-quality education.
All of these investments are part of my ongoing commitment to my constituents, and I look forward to continuing to support the people of Thunder Bay-Atikokan in every way I can.
Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery
Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
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