Romano critic of Northern jobs, Ring of Fire – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star – June 9, 2017)

Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown made the announcement at Queen’s Park on Friday, updating critic roles for his caucus.

“As our newest MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, I’m looking forward to having Ross Romano work hard every day for Northern Ontario families and as part of the PC caucus,” said Brown in a press release. “Ross won a riding that the Ontario PCs have not won in 30 years due to his hard work and commitment. Given his background in serving his community as a city councillor, I know he will dedicate his efforts at Queen’s Park to bring about positive change.”

Romano, whose resignation as a city councillor will be formally accepted by council Monday, said he welcomes his new role, especially because his campaign focused on the need for good paying jobs in Northern Ontario and the need to move forward with infrastructure to prepare for the Ring of Fire development.

He expects to be formally sworn in as the city’s MPP in the next few weeks. A date has not yet been finalized. “My main priority has always been about jobs and we don’t need statistics to show it,” he said.

Romano said he’s hit the ground running setting up his office, finding a place to live in Toronto and getting involved at Queen’s Park. He’s met with NorOnt executives again in Toronto and called the meeting “very productive.”

NorOnt Resources is a Canadian-based mining company which has the largest land position in the Ring of Fire development. It is urging the provincial government to move forward with the creation of roads to access the site.

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