Ontario’s premier comes to Sarnia for the first time in six years

Premier Kathleen Wynne

Premier Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is making a stop in Sarnia on her way to a Great Lakes leaders conference.

Wynne will be helping to plant tomatoes at Goodwill Industries’ community garden tomorrow morning and then will visit Vision Nursing Home which recently expanded its nursing home. After that, Wynne travels to Mackinac Island for the Great Lakes Governors and Premier’s Conference.

The last time a premier visited the area was 2007 when then-Premier Dalton McGuinty was touring the area. He was about to give a radio interview when Dow Chemical announced it was closing its Sarnia facility.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says there are still economic and social issues that the new Premier needs to address. Bradley says in an email that he is “very disappointed that there was not an opportunity for a discussion with the community of Sarnia-Lambton about  the impact of decisions to close Sarnia Jail, Hiawatha Slots, Lambton Generating among others by Queen’s Park.”

Bradley adds there are important projects in the petrochemical industry, including Nova Chemical’s proposed expansion and its concern about the high cost of hydro or the links the community is trying to forge between Ontario and Alberta to grow the economy which would have been up for discussion had the Premier made time to meet with local leaders.

– Heather Wright