Northern members frustrated with lack of action on Ring – Star Staff (Sudbury Star – December 6, 2013)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

Two opposition party members — one federal, one provincial — were slamming governments Thursday for not acting decisively to move forward development on the Ring of Fire chromite deposits.

Nickel Belt New Democrat MP Claude Gravelle apparently had his motion rejected at the Conservative-dominated natural resources committee to invite provincial officials to come and tell the federal government what they need to move the Ring of Fire forward.

Gravelle, the NDP’s mining critic, slammed the federal Tories for moving his motion in camera to study the way the federal government could help with the project. In a news release, Gravelle said: “The committee has no future plans to proceed with a study of this nature.”

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne travelled to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to talk about a number of issues, with the Ring of Fire high on the list.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Mining critic, Muskoka-Parry Sound MPP Norm Miller, called on the Grits in the Legislature on Thursday to present what he calls a real plan to leverage the potential of the Ring of Fire.

He pressed Finance Minister Charles Sousa to take immediate action to move development of the area forward, “rather than (issue) press releases and hot air.”

Miller accused the Liberal government of “lacking in following through on what they promised” — namely the thousands of jobs that would be generated in Ontario by Cliffs Natural Resources.

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