SUDBURY, Ont. — The Liberal government has failed northern Ontarians time and time again — especially with its failure to develop the Ring of Fire — and the NDP can capitalize on that, Leader Andrea Horwath told the party faithful Sunday.
Ontario saw the “sad result” of Liberal inaction recently when Cliffs Natural Resources indicated it’s looking to sell its assets in the Ring of Fire, Horwath told NDP MPPs, candidates and members at its Northern Council 2014 meeting.
“Instead of pulling out all the stops to build infrastructure, instead of getting revenue-sharing agreements on track, instead of working with northerners, First Nations and industry partners to develop resources in the Ring of Fire, Premier (Kathleen) Wynne’s government has taken a wait-and-see approach.”
Speaking to reporters after her speech, Horwath said after seven years of talk about the Ring of Fire, all the Liberals have done is appoint a board of four bureaucrats to work on infrastructure.
Horwath was referring to Wynne’s campaign promise to establish a development corporation to plan and build infrastructure for the Ring of Fire within 60 days of her throne speech.
“There’s really been nothing done,” Horwath told reporters. “We should already be seeing some mining camps being developed, we should already be seeing some minerals coming out of the ground.”
The Ring of Fire, located in a remote part of northern Ontario, northeast of Thunder Bay, is believed to be one of the most significant chromite mineral deposits in the province with a potential development worth $60 billion.