Kirkland Lake council reminds province of its campaign pledge to share resource revenue – by Eric White (CBC News Sudbury – January 10, 2019)

PCs pledged between $20 and $30 million in resource revenue for northern communities

Resource revenue sharing was a hot topic for provincial leaders swinging through the north during the Ontario election last spring. The NDP pledged to give all $41 million in annual provincial mining tax revenue to First Nations.

The Progressive Conservatives promised to give First Nations, cities and towns in the north a cut of the provincial revenue from all resource industries, worth between $20 and $30 million every year.

“They’re going to get a fair percentage of the revenues and we’re going to look out for the people of the north,” now Premier Doug Ford said in an interview with CBC during the 2018 election campaign.

But little has been said since the Conservatives formed the government six months ago. The town council in Kirkland Lake recently passed a resolution urging the province to move ahead with its plans.

“I don’t think it’s forgotten. I just wanted to send another reminder that we’re here and we expect them to live up to their platform,” says councillor Rick Owen, who tabled the resolution. He says there are many questions still to be answered about how the system will be set up, and how each community’s share will be calculated.

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