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Milligan discusses Cobourg concerns

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Rob Milligan

Rob Milligan


Northumberland MPP Rob Milligan dropped into this week's Cobourg council meeting for his annual look at what challenges are coming up in the new year.

"This past year has been a real learning curve for myself and a great experience in getting to meet each and every one of you in a professional manner to discuss those challenges we face," Milligan said.

"We are currently not sitting, due to the prorogation. In a couple of weeks, the Liberal leadership review will ultimately determine when we get back to Queen's Park and get to do some of the great things we, as elected officials, are supposed to be doing."

The interruption was most unfortunate, he added.

"There was some good legislation on the docket, some good private members' bills that were on there. It's a shame that had to happen, but that's the way it is right now.

"Some of the challenges have been brought up to me by local constituents in the Town of Cobourg and, of course, yourselves are regarding infrastructure and the revitalization of the downtown. But there are other challenges in the outside area as well.

"Job creation — that is going to be pivotal in the coming months, and I look forward to working with council and yourself, Mayor, in promoting Cobourg and Northumberland-Quinte West when it comes to attracting and retaining businesses here," Milligan stated.

"Obviously, it's a great location for businesses to come. We have a lot of great opportunities here — access to the 401, great access to markets to the east and west of us. We are well poised for growth. We have been in discussions with several interested partners who, hopefully, will be moving their jobs here and relocating in the future.

"We also have, however, some different challenges that I think affect the Town of Cobourg immediately and indirectly as well.

"The horse-racing industry is paramount. I have always stated that a healthy rural economy is a healthy urban economy, with people coming to Cobourg to do the shopping and support the small businesses which are the backbone of the local economy. That is a difficult challenge we are going to be facing, and those individuals in the horse-racing industry need as much support as possible."

Milligan received thanks for his talk, and for another recent appearance.

"I want to publicly thank you for showing up at the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus Friday morning," Mayor Gil Brocanier said.

"Both you and MP Rick Norlock were interested enough to take time from your busy schedules to come and listen to what the priorities of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' caucus are for 2013."

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