Published on: 12/6/2013 2:04:26 PM Print | Font Sizes:  Normal Text Large Text

MP's Ring of Fire motion down in flames

By: Northern Ontario Business staff

A motion by Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle to call the Ontario government before the federal natural resources committee on the Ring of Fire development appears to have been shot down, the Canadian Press reported.

The Conservative majority on the committee rejected Gravelle's NDP proposal to have provincial officials appear to testify in Ottawa.

The committee discussed the matter behind closed doors on Dec. 4 and voted down the motion, sources told Canadian Press.

Once the committee goes in-camera, discussion on the motion cannot be made public.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Ottawa Dec. 5 to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper over the stalled multi-billion-dollar mining development in the James Bay lowlands.

After talking about resource development in Canada's Far North for the past year, Harper appears to have gotten cold feet on partnering with Ontario on infrastructure development on the Ring of Fire, passing it off a pure mineral play under provincial jurisdiction.

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