THUNDER BAY – NDP MPPs Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay - Atikokan) and Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) held a press conference Friday in Thunder Bay to discuss Save Main Street: A Plan for Jobs and Financial Security for Working People that was released by the NDP on Friday morning.
It’s a plan to help people and small businesses weather the second wave of economic challenges, and ensure working people are positioned to drive Ontario’s economic recovery, and bounce back healthier and more prosperous than ever.
Judith Monteith-Farrell, NDP MPP for Thunder Bay – Atikokan
“Many businesses in Thunder Bay are worried they will not survive this pandemic. That’s a major concern for families in Thunder Bay as small businesses employ the majority of our workers. The Ford government has talked a lot, but has failed to take action as far too many businesses are falling through the cracks.
That’s why the Ontario’s NDP plan to Save Main Street is especially needed in Thunder Bay. We need to support local businesses and protect local jobs, now and in the future.”
Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong:
“Small businesses across northwestern Ontario have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and we need to stress the important role the tourism industry plays in the local economy across the region.
We have heard from local business owners who have had a very challenging season so far. One in four businesses in the North is tourism-related, and 40 per cent of the workforce is connected to tourism. Any recovery plans being considered by the government must not shortchange the hardworking families who own these businesses.”