Originally posted on The Sudbury Star: http://www.thesudburystar.com/2015/01/12/green-candidate-advocating-for-jobs on January 12, 2015.
Green Party candidate David Robinson promises to continue pushing to make Sudbury Ontario’s global centre for mining excellence if he’s elected in a Feb. 5 byelection.
“I will advocate for local job creation by pushing to consolidate mining research and innovation in Sudbury,” said the economics professor.
“The Liberals have scattered Ontario’s mining assets all over with no real plan. My plan helps everyone in the mining sector by building on Sudbury’s mining supply cluster to create a global centre for mining research, innovation and best practices.”
Robinson’s strategy includes consolidating public sector research in Sudbury, which he said would attract more mining supply companies, and increase investment and job creation in the mining sector.
His plan will also provide the expertise needed to support new projects such as the Ring of Fire with cutting edge innovation and sustainable practices.
“The three old parties have no vision for how the Ring of Fire can establish Ontario as a centre for excellence in sustainable and innovative mining practices,” said Robinson. “Sudbury is the obvious choice to be the centre for mining research and supply.”
Robinson’s plan includes a focus on research and development to cut energy costs for mining. Mining companies could save millions by utilizing underground waste heat, for example, he said.
Local companies can create jobs and reduce costs by becoming more energy efficient, then commercializing those innovations and exporting them.
“This uses our talents to strengthen Sudbury’s economy and create good local jobs,” he said.
Robinson has focused much of his attention as an economist on job creation policies in the North and pushing for policies to make Northern Ontario’s economy more resilient. He said the Green Party is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and smart policy to Queen’s Park.
For more on Robinson’s plan, “Let’s Talk About Jobs in Sudbury”,” go to https://drdavidrobinsonsudbury.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/lets-talk-about-….