Former Premier Peterson’s Northern Ontario Vision Beats Current McGuinty Policies – by David Robinson
The year 1990 was the high point in development planning for the North. The most dramatic and successful initiatives came from a southerner, David Peterson.
Peterson was elected in 1985. He immediately created a new Ministry of Northern Affairs and Mines. He appointed himself minister and went to work. He moved the Ministry of Northern Development and the Ontario Geological Survey to the North. This was the most effective single development decision of the last 30 years. Then the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Act was passed in 1990. And that was the year the voters threw Peterson out. Not much has happened since.
Leonard Cohen must have been thinking of this wild affair when he sang: Read the rest of this entry »
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