With a federal election expected this fall, Ontario's Northern Development Minister couldn't resist taking a campaign-style swipe at political opponents, during yesterday's announcement in Dryden.

The announcement itself was about $97,000 for a fan condenser unit to help refrigerate the ice surfaces, but Greg Rickford used the opportunity to take some election-style jabs.

"Those are things (announcements) that a politician has got to do, and I think it's unfortunate that Dryden hasn't seen enough of that, especially in the last couple of years," Rickford said, after the announcement. "They've been promised a lot, but so far -- federally -- they've just not been able to deliver to the local community, and I'm here to make a difference."

Rickford succeeded NDP member Sarah Campbell and her mentor Howard Hampton at Queen's Park, after being defeated in the last federal election by Liberal MP Bob Nault.

The lone Conservative member for the northwest has taken a big role in Doug Ford's cabinet, overseeing energy, northern development and Indigenous affairs.

"The real way to frame it is the voters have put their trust in the Progressive Conservatives to make investments that matter," Rickford continued.

Rickford - who is also the provincial member for Kenora-Rainy River -- is set to visit the City of Kenora Friday, where he'll be joined by Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski for talks with local forest companies.

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