The northern development minister is using a letter to the editor to get his message across regarding the ONTC. Earlier this week the Auditor General said selling Ontario Northland would cost Ontario taxpayers at least $820-million. But on Friday Michael Gravelle said in his letter that’s not the reality. Gravelle says that number will come down because the Liberals are now looking at other options to transform the ONTC including new partners and alternative delivery services. But he does add finding new owners is still on the table. Gravelle, the Auditor General and northern leaders all agree the ONTC can’t continue under its present format because it’s not sustainable. Gravelle says Ontario Northland’s transformation should cost less and also provide vital transportation and communication services in the north.