THUNDER BAY, ON ---- September 22, 2010 --- Harold Wilson, as the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce President and the Chief Operating Officer of the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), will be at Queen’s Park in Toronto on today where the Provincial
Government is expected to approve 3rd Reading of The Far North Act, which will
effectively pass the legislation.
Stated Wilson, “Following my participation last week, it became clear that the
misinformation about what the Far North Act means was gaining momentum. We were
asked why we were against land use planning. Effective land use planning can continue
without the Far North Act. This is about withdrawing 50% of the Far North (21% of all of
Ontario) from possible development, and holding the rest of the area subject to an MNRled
quagmire. I am working until the last minute to identify how this incredibly significant,
harmful legislation will negatively impact our Northern economy and our business
community. We need the Government to be aware of how business investment will be
hindered and opportunities shelved.”
At the Queen’s Park rally on September 15th, organized by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
(NAN) against Bill 191, Harold had been invited to participate. Representing both the
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and NOACC, he outlined to those assembled in
front of the Legislature why the business community in Northwestern Ontario was joining
NAN in its efforts to have the Far North Act withdrawn. He also attended the Government
Committee hearing where it was decided to proceed directly to 3rd Reading, and was also
present in the Legislature on September 16th during Question Period where the NAN
leadership walked out in protest.
The Thunder Bay Chamber represents over 1100 businesses in Thunder Bay. NOACC
represents 2300 businesses throughout the region.