Is Ring reality or myth: next 100 days will tell – by Stefan Huzan (Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal – November 8, 2015)

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal is the daily newspaper of Northwestern Ontario.

I believe the next 100 days will demonstrate if there is to be a new economic reality in Northern Ontario because Justin Trudeau, the new prime minister of Canada, has appointed Patty Hajdu, Thunder Bay-Superior North, to the federal cabinet.

After all, the biggest promise of the Liberal election campaign was multi-billion dollar investments for growth.

And, it is important to note that Ontario Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne had also won majority support of voters in 2014, to a large extent on the basis of similar promises of multi-billion dollar investment into infrastructure.

The big question for those interested in realizing our resource development and mining potentials, particularly the Ring of Fire, will be, will these two leaders come together soon, to put their money where their mouths are?

The chromite deposit known as the Ring of Fire is without question the single largest and most significant undeveloped economic resource development project in Canada.

It has been delayed for two principle reasons, lack of funds for needed infrastructure and the inability to reach a working relationship with affected First Nations communities.
According to election rhetoric, we should be able to see an upcoming resolution to both of these issues.

First, the federal Liberals have promised and suggested that it is exactly these types of wealth and job creating development projects that they wish to help fund in order to help move Canada’s economy forward.

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