A long list for Santa

Dear Santa:
I am writing this letter on behalf of many important people who probably would like to believe in you but somehow feel it below their dignity to write.
Our premier, Kathleen Wynne, has had a lot of grief since taking over leadership of the Liberal Party of Ontario. She would like to forget about all the poor decisions of her government and that of her predecessor.
Namely, she would like Ontarians to forget the $2 billion wasted on gas-fired power plants and the almost $2 billion for every home in the province to have a smart meter installed.
The only “smart” people were those who sold the government on the idea that smart meters would change people’s electrical use patterns and save them money. It hasn’t happened and another $2 billion was wasted.
This Christmas, Ms. Wynne is asking for guidance to avoid civil service strikes, control the runaway costs of electricity, and a way to maintain and generate new automotive jobs in Ontario. She isn’t worried about the north.
The board of directors of Resolute Forest Products would like to ask you for a way to speed up the closing of its remaining paper mills in Ontario. The company seems to be struggling to make money and it isn’t interested in modernizing its mills.
It only wants to have control of the forests of Ontario and make money selling the fibre from them at inflated rates.
It is a good business strategy. There is no investment, you don’t manufacture anything, and you contract out the harvest to others and bill the users.
While the president of Resolute works to extract his paper-making mills from Ontario, the chiefs, mayors, and reeves of Rainy River District would like you, Santa, to fill their stockings with the means to develop a community-based Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence from the Crossroute Forest.
They would like to have control over the forests’ fibres in order to potentially re-open the Fort Frances mill, as well as expand production at Ainsworth in Barwick and at the small sawmills in the district.
They are seeking funding from the province to establish this new corporation. It is a start to attracting new investment in wood-processing facilities here in Rainy River District.
As you know, Santa, it is a federal election year. Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau both would like to become prime minister and are requesting that you give them cross-Canada victories.
Of course, Stephen Harper is asking that you give him one more mandate. Unfortunately, Santa, you are going to have to disappoint two of those three.
Closer to home, local NDP MP John Rafferty must make a decision, Santa. Should he retire and grab his pension in 2015, or continue contributing more to his pension to secure a much more lucrative one down the road?
John is looking for guidance, Santa.
Santa, it is a tough Christmas in the district. Most families wish to be together at home and have everyone employed.
It is a great wish. I hope that you can make it happen.
Sincerely,
Jim Cumming

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