Plenty of requests to Santa

It is Christmas letter-writing season again.
Both local MP John Rafferty and MPP Sarah Campbell have sent out letters to all of their constituents, wishing them a wonderful holiday season and showing how active they have been in their ridings.
They also have addressed another letter to Santa, with both looking for Santa’s intervention on behalf of the Resolute mill here in Fort Frances.
Losing more than 200 jobs on your watch is not an enviable record to run again on and Sarah already is feeling the heat of a looming provincial election in 2013.
They are being joined by Mayor Roy Avis and town council, along with the other councils in Rainy River District. All fear the loss of jobs, the movement of people from the district, declining school enrolments, and the loss of taxes.
Closer to home, the taxpayers of Fort Frances are asking for supreme intervention from Santa that will see a zero tax increases in 2013 and no loss of revenue from the reassessment of Resolute’s property.
Santa has some big requests to fill this Christmas.
There are lots of places that Santa can leave lumps of coal. He can leave a big one with the Chief Justice of Ontario, who believes Fort Frances doesn’t need a permanent judge.
He will need a whole sleigh full of coal for all the members of the McGuinty government who managed to create dissension with elementary and secondary teachers and waste $1 billion in a tight economy by cancelling gas energy plants to win an election.
Defence minister Peter MacKay also should get a stocking full of coal, or at least one filled with all the BS that has been shovelled over the F-35 fighter jets. Nobody anywhere in the world knows what that jet fighter will cost—and even if it will ever fly.
It might be the best fighter on paper, but paper airplanes never have had any long-term success in the air.
The doctor recruitment team will be asking Santa to help it find several doctors to begin practising medicine here in Fort Frances.
And in those letters from district councils is a request to see both Rainy River Resources and Osisko successfully navigate their way through the federal and provincial environmental process in 2013 to begin the actual construction of those two mines in 2014.
Together, we all wish for the health of our families, the safety of our children, and the joy that the holiday season can bring that will last throughout 2013.

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