Campbell named to post

Peggy Revell

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell will be serving as the NDP’s critic for natural resources and aboriginal affairs.
“Both of these positions are ones that are very important to the riding, so I look at this as an opportunity to definitely bring jobs to the area,” Campbell said yesterday after being appointed to the post by party leader Andrea Horwath.
“This is great because I will be able to hold the government accountable, and hopefully work with the government at the same time to make sure that we have some positive changes that will benefit the riding,” she added.
The priorities for these two areas fall into what the NDP campaigned on, noted Campbell.
These include changing the wood tenure process so that it’s community-managed forests, as well as changes or repealing the Far North Act so that it is legislation First Nations support and agree with.
“That is something that if done properly, we should be able to benefit in the region and have more jobs,” she reasoned.
But the new position isn’t without challenges. Campbell admitted both portfolios are “very big and extensive” even as critic areas, so she’ll just have to make sure she’s up to speed on everything.
“I think one of the challenges will obviously be working with this minority government and in this minority situation,” she remarked.
“And we have yet to see how things will unfold.
“But we’re very committed, as a party, to ensuring that we work together to get results for people in the riding,” Campbell pledged.
Other appointments to the NDP’s shadow cabinet included Michael Mantha (Algoma-Manitoulin), who will serve as critic for northern development and mines.
Meanwhile, the Progressive Conservatives also announced its shadow cabinet yesterday.
Some of their appointments included Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) for energy, northern development and mines, Jerry Ouellette (Oshawa) for aboriginal affairs, and Laurie Scott (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) for natural resources and women’s issues.
Premier Dalton McGuinty unveiled his new cabinet last week, with Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle moving to natural resources and forests.
Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci replaced Gravelle at northern development and mines.