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Major provincial parties in full campaign mode

By: Darren MacDonald - Sudbury Northern Life

 | May 20, 2014 - 11:32 AM |
The province's major parties are ramping up their campaigns in Sudbury for the June 12 election. File photo.

The province's major parties are ramping up their campaigns in Sudbury for the June 12 election. File photo.

Peroni camp hard at work; Cimino calls for $12 minimum wage; Olivier backs four-laning Hwy 69

Sudbury Liberal Candidate Andrew Olivier says if elected, he will fight to have the four-laning of Highway 69 completed by 2017.

NDP candidate Joe Cimino, meanwhile, is backing his party's plan to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour, while offering a cut in the small business tax from 4.5 per cent to three per cent, both by 2016.

And Progressive Conservative candidate Paula Peroni says she and her team were hard at work over the Victoria Day long weekend, knocking on 4,000 doors across the city.

“The outpouring of support from the people of Sudbury is what kept us knocking on door after door this weekend,” Peroni said in a news release Tuesday. “They want to see more jobs created, they want to see more support for our local businesses, and they want to see Ontario in better financial shape. That’s exactly what I’m going to be fighting for when elected.”

The 4,000 total was a record for her team, Peroni said, and they're looking to break it as voting day gets closer.

For his part, Olivier said the $130-billion Liberal budget that sparked the June 12 election included money for more work on Highway 69.

“The Highway 69 project has been a huge success,” Olivier said in a release. “It has made the trip safer, quicker and has opened up transportation for businesses in Sudbury. We have come so far and I will fight to ensure it is completed despite opposition from the New Democrats and the Conservatives.”

And Cimino said the NDP's plan to twin the increase in minimum wage with tax relief for small business will help ensure local jobs are created. In a release, he said cutting the small business tax rate by 0.5 per cent each year will provide small business owners with yearly tax relief to offset the increase to the minimum wage.

“After more than 10 years of Liberal government, people in Sudbury have seen jobs stagnate while their bills continue to climb,” Cimino is quoted as saying.

“It makes sense to support small businesses that pay the bills for thousands of Sudbury families. Our plan is a sustainable approach where families get a raise while ensuring small businesses grow and thrive to create more jobs.”

With Liberal incumbent Rick Bartolucci retiring, a new MPP will be elected in Sudbury in the June vote.

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Darren MacDonald

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