Premier to hear Sarnia’s concerns
Sarnia is about to get the ear of the provincial government.
Mayor Mike Bradley hand delivered a request for a personal meeting to Premier Kathleen Wynne when she was in Sarnia recently. The premier has agreed to the request and a meeting has been set for later this month.
Bradley says a small, non-partisan delegation which so far includes Lambton College’s president and local business leaders, will talk to the premier in Toronto about the most pressing issues, including provincial money to remove the former Sarnia General Hospital, the closure of the Sarnia Jail, the need for expansion at the college and the opportunity to support the petrochemical industry.
“We’re not going to go there to be partisan or rehash the past,” says Bradley “we want to see what we can do to improve the province economically and socially.”
“I want to focus on how we can work together,” he adds.
“I talked to (Lambton College President) Judy Morris yesterday about the college’s proposal for a new health center and asked her to go along with us,” says Bradley.
The mayor also plans to bring up the on-going issue of the closure of the Sarnia jail and a project which could bring regional job growth, Nova Chemical’s proposed new plant. The company hopes to take advantage of the shale liquid natural gas resources now available to lower their costs and add a new plant at a potential cost of $1.5 billion. Bradley says that could spur growth not only in Sarnia but in the entire region. But Nova has voiced concern about the cost of power. Bradley says there is a reduced rate for very large industries, but the new project falls just under the threshold to take advantage of it.
Bradley says the meeting will be held July 31 and is expected to last about an hour.
– Heather Wright