NDP NEWS RELEASE: CONSERVATIVE BUDGET COMPLETELY IGNORES RING OF FIRE

OTTAWA – (April 23, 2015) While NDP Mining critic Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) and NDP Special Advisor to the Ring of Fire Howard Hampton were visiting communities involved in the Ring of Fire development, the Conservatives presented a budget that offers nothing to get shovels in the ground and the project started.

“The Ring of Fire is an incredible opportunity to invest in good sustainable jobs for the middle class in Northern Ontario,” said Gravelle. “Northern Ontarians want this project and the Ottawa Conservatives simply won’t listen.”

Not only does Budget 2015 make no mention of Northern Ontario, it fails to allocate any funding for the Ring of Fire.

“This is a project that will benefit not just Northern Ontarians, but the province for generations to come,” said Hampton. “The Conservatives must sit down with First Nations, the Province of Ontario and Northern communities and get moving on the Ring of Fire.”

Tom Mulcair and the NDP are committed to continuing to build relationships across Northern Ontario and supporting the development of the Ring of Fire.

For more information, please contact:

Emily-Anne Paul, Press Secretary, 613-558-0674 or [email protected]

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