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SudburyNews: Island MPP calls on province to increase ferry service representation

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Algoma Manitoulin MLA Michael Mantha is calling on the island to get more representation on the board of the Owen Sound Transportation Company.

The Crown corporation is responsible for operating the Chi-Cheemaun ferry which runs each summer between South Baymouth and TOBERMORY.

MPP for Manitoulin Island is asking Ontario’s Minister of Transportation to intervene in the Owen Sound Transportation Company board file.

Michael Mantha said that Manitoulin Island has been without representation on the board for years and that is unacceptable.

In an open letter to Minister Caroline Mulroney, Mantha writes:

“As you know, the operation of the Chi-Cheemaun ferry is the responsibility of the OSTC, of ​​which you are the sole shareholder. It is your responsibility to appoint the members of the Board of Directors and you have chosen to ignore the communities of Manitoulin Island and their interest in the success of the Chi-Cheemaun.

“It’s really a slap in the face to the economy of those who are from Manitoulin Island, and it’s a tough word, but it has to be tough because you have to send a strong signal to the transportation network. of Owen Sound,” Mantha said.

Mantha said it was unacceptable not to have someone in either port during this time frame and he would like that to change.

“There’s talent, experience and a need to have one of our own from Manitoulin on the board, that’s a complete oversight,” he said.

Minister Mulroney’s office responded with the following:

“The Owen Sound Transportation Company‘s Board of Directors includes broad representation from northern communities, including Georgian Bluffs and North Bay. There is currently a vacancy on the Board of Directors, and we invite all interested Island residents to nominate through the Government of Ontario Nomination. selection process.”

“Government needs to ensure equal representation, to ensure that there are viewpoints that are represented in a variety of areas,” Mantha said.