Today on Thunder Bay Votes: The issues that matter, we ask, is Thunder Bay open for business?
Diane Petryna is a local business owner in the city and has clear ideas on what she’d like to see candidates debate during this election campaign.
Number one is the lack of population growth and thereby a lack of new young workers in the market.
She points out as baby boomers retire “there aren’t qualified people” to take over many of the positions which have been left vacant.
The local business owner thinks the shrinking workforce is stopping lots of work from getting done.
Petryna believes we have to work to keep young people from leaving our city and contributing to a stagnant population by trying aggressively to promote Thunder Bay as a great place to live, work and invest.