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Demanding accountability for stalled Ring of Fire project

Thursday, December 05, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CANADA

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SUDBURY - On the eve of an unprecedented meeting between the Prime Minister and Ontario’s Premier over the stalled Ring of Fire project, the NDP’s mining critic Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt) questioned the sincerity of this closed-door meeting.

The last time the Prime Minister was asked about the stalled Ring of Fire project he shrugged and played the blame game with the province of Ontario,” said Gravelle. “This is typical Conservative strategy; they never miss a chance to send out ‘good news’ press releases but when these projects stumble, they’re nowhere to be found.”

Yesterday at the Natural Resources committee, Mr. Gravelle moved a motion to study ways the federal government could help move the Ring of Fire project forward. Conservatives forced the decision on the motion in-camera. As of today, the committee has no future plans to proceed with a study of this nature.

“The Prime Minister and Premier are going to meet behind closed doors a day after the Conservatives forced an in-camera discussion of my motion,” said Gravelle. “While thousands of good paying jobs are at risk, Conservatives would rather play political games than find solutions.”

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scottstewy123 12/5/2013 9:22:42 PM Report

We all know the reason for stalled Ring of Fire project rest squarely on the energy policies of the LIBERAL PARTY. Prices of energy to high. You can not pin this on the Prime Minister.
mallet 12/5/2013 9:36:43 PM Report


Why did the project stumble?? Was it lack of infrastructure, slow enviromental studies, FN treaties or taxpayers money, bloody minded bureaucrats who could not get a didget removed or just a combination of all.

If a business is going to be successful it cannot have monies tied up, while someone else makes up their mind, who has no knowledge of the business or the area they are wanting to work in. I can understand large companies walking away when they see no hope of permissions being granted so they can get to work..
cjborg 12/5/2013 9:37:14 PM Report

As I understand it when a product is selling for $1.00 pound that would cost $1.40 to produce... you shouldn't rush to borrow and pour more money into production facilities....
Me Myself an I 12/5/2013 9:40:17 PM Report

projects this large usually have their own power generation on site, so to say this is the fault of energy costs holds no weight. It may have been a factor, but only one of many.
stakeholder 12/5/2013 9:49:02 PM Report

Politicians would be the problem-plain and simple
houston 12/5/2013 10:24:01 PM Report

A commitment to infrastructure in the area by the provincial and federal government is the problem.
right wing 12/5/2013 10:24:17 PM Report

cjborg

Bingo!
The exact same analogy applies to the Ontario Liberals renewable energy disaster.
Wisenheimer 12/5/2013 11:23:51 PM Report

Mining is bad! Drilling for oil is bad. Making steel is bad. Pipelines to transport oil are bad.
Eating meat is bad, white bread is bad.
Doing any of these things without going thru an aboriginal land claim tribunal is bad.

Smoking dope is not that bad.
Sam The Dog 12/6/2013 6:28:59 AM Report

Demanding Accountability! Really? Now we go from Ring of Fire Project to Ring of Circus Clowns. The blame game starts but the real problem is Cliffs Resourses have pulled out. The clowns in Federal and Provincial Governments did alot to little and alot to late.
S.Claus 12/6/2013 6:55:53 AM Report

Biggest problem was illegal Native Blockades and the Ontario Government failing to clear them - even armed with a Court Order. NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
We need a Provincial Government that will enforce the law equally without regard to Race, Creed or Colour.
Old Man Winter 12/6/2013 7:41:48 AM Report

What I remember reading in the past is that there was some problem on the access of the mine site. The permanent road VS rail road. One of the two company had interest or share with the mine and that it didn't want to step down or negotiate an agreement. So, one the company wanted the whole pie instead of a piece of the pie.Please before you pass judgement do a little bit of research.
highway1 12/6/2013 7:41:54 AM Report

S Clause you are absolutely correct.
NO ONE is above the law.
Especially the government!
KFM 12/6/2013 7:55:16 AM Report

Again it show that the liberals really don't believe anything worth while is northof Barrie!
Wisenheimer 12/6/2013 9:18:25 AM Report

Cliffs Corp. obviously thought it wasn't worth the hassle.
Jitterbug 12/6/2013 10:01:42 AM Report

For the money blown on the power plant screwup they could have built a road.
Outside Observer 12/6/2013 11:12:19 AM Report

Old Man Winter. You are right. All of these other theories are plain wrong.

All parties (including the evil Liberal provincial government, the white night Conservative federal government and the mining companies involved) have said that the reason they shut this down was because there was no movement on building the infrastructure necessary to start the development of the site.

Why is this? Partly to do with negotiations with first nations, but mainly it is dollars and cents (as it always is). It's a $1 billion road or rail project which would have to be paid for with taxpayer dollars (right now, only Ontario tax-payer dolalrs - after the meeting with the PM and Premier, Ontario is hoping to have federal tax dollars to split the cost - as an Ontarian... that doesn't seem to bad to me...).

Is it worth $1 billion? Cliff's was going to invest $3 billion in the project and there is an estimated $60 billion worth of resources there. I guess that's up to your risk v. reward tolerance.
theprotector 12/6/2013 11:17:23 AM Report

newsflash - none of the parties whether provincial or federal care about anything north of barrie unless its sudbury
learningaswego 12/6/2013 1:49:38 PM Report

Clod, Clod, Clod - spare us the sanctimonious crap will ya? We're not ALL naive Dipper voters.

If any political party "plays political games" why it is your NDP - your NDP invented those games, Clod, for crying out loud; and nobody does it better than the NDP.
We know you have to issue a big important "press release" once in a while saying you're "against" something - so that your loyal followers will be fooled in to thinking you do something, but most of the country's voters - thankfully, are on to the Dippers' ways; and which is why you will never, no not ever, get a hold of the reins of power or the public fincances.
For Canadians know THAT would be a disaster.
learningaswego 12/6/2013 1:55:29 PM Report

Now, if they were going to build a few thousand wind turbines and solar panel farms up there in the middle of nowhere, for the purpose to generate intermittent and ultra expensive power -which we don't need - and then so we can give away our economical (nuclear and gas) power excess to the US, why THEN the Liberals would be falling over themselves to make it happen.

Guess the project didn't seem like a big enough flop, waste or gouging of taxpayers, to warrant their full attention.
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