McGuinty Government's Official Opening Of Minister's Office Signals New Era For The North
SUDBURY - Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci celebrated the official opening of his Sudbury office today, marking the first time in nearly nine years that the Minister will have an office in the North. The office will provide northerners greater access and input into decision-making at Queen's Park.
"The McGuinty government believes it is important for the Minister of Northern Development and Mines to be firmly rooted in the North in order to make our region stronger and more prosperous," said Bartolucci. "The opening of our northern office is symbolic of the McGuinty government's northern focus and sends a strong message that we will ensure the North is heard as never before at Queen's Park."
Parliamentary Assistant and Thunder Bay‑Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro, members of the government's seven-member northern caucus, and a number of northern stakeholders were in attendance.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines head office was relocated to 159 Cedar Street in Sudbury by the Peterson government in 1986, but remained dormant and unstaffed by the Tories since 1995. The McGuinty government began work immediately after the provincial election to reestablish the Minister's Northern Office and ensure it was headed by a true northerner.
"It's been nearly nine years since we've had a northerner as Minister of Northern Development and Mines," said Mauro. "During that time, municipalities and northern stakeholders felt increasingly disconnected from the provincial government. This new northern office strengthens our ministry network and gives northerners a stronger voice in provincial affairs."