QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown and Ontario PC Northern MPPs Vic Fedeli (Nipissing) and Ross Romano (Sault Ste. Marie) wrote to MPP Lou Rinaldi and invited him to visit beautiful, opportunity-filled Northern Ontario.
Lou Rinaldi has been coming under fire at Queen’s Park for referring to Northern Ontario as “No Man’s Land.” He has since refused to apologize, and has challenged PC MPPs to “take it outside” for bringing it up during Question Period.
“While I’m disappointed that MPP Rinaldi has neglected to apologize for his hurtful comments referring to Northern Ontario as ‘No Man’s Land,’ it’s time we turn this negative story into a positive,” wrote Brown in his letter to Premier Wynne and MPP Rinaldi. “That’s why, on behalf of Northern Ontario PC MPPs, I’m taking this opportunity to personally invite MPP Rinaldi to come visit Northern Ontario and see everything it has to offer. I suspect that after witnessing Northern hospitality firsthand, your views on the region will change for the better.”
“The North, especially my riding of Nipissing, has so much to offer,” added Fedeli in a separate letter. “Nipissing truly has a limitless potential in many fields, from tourism to resource development and well beyond.”
“That’s why, on behalf of my constituents and with the permission of the Premier, I’m taking this opportunity to personally invite MPP Rinaldi to come visit Nipissing to paddle the Lavase River with me.”
“We are a city filled with wonderful tourist attractions that serve to promote our history as one of the oldest cities in the country,” added Romano who detailed some of Sault Ste. Marie’s history in his invitation.
“As you can see, my home of Sault Ste. Marie has so much to offer to the rest of Ontario and the world. That is why, on behalf of my constituents and with the permission of the Premier, I would like to take this opportunity to invite MPP Rinaldi to join me in my constituency,” Romano concluded. “I suspect that after this experience, MPP Rinaldi will have a greater appreciation of this region than before.”