Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire
warranted a sentence in Premier Kathleen Wynne's Feb. 19 throne
In reaffirming a commitment for better
transportation infrastructure, Wynne said her government will address
“the special transportation needs of Ontario's North and endeavour
to improve vital access to the Ring of Fire, and improve the flow of
people and goods along our trade corridors to the United States.”
She said resource revenue sharing from
natural resources is in the cards for First Nations as are training
funds and programs to allow Aboriginal people to “fully participate
in economic development opportunities, including those related to our
Every area of Ontario will have
“dependable, affordable sources of energy” through conservation
and energy efficient technologies, with the shuttering of coal-fired
power plants to continue.
The new government also promises to be
fiscally responsible by “restraining program spending” to cut
Ontario's debt and eliminating the deficit by 2017-2018.
Nipissing and Progressive Conservative
MPP Vic Fedeli was quick to respond, accusing the Liberals of paying
“lip service” to Northern Ontario.
“Out of 17 pages, Northern Ontario
received half of one sentence,” said Fedeli in a release.
“There was no mention of Ontario
Northland or the New Deal, and no definitive plan to develop the Ring
of Fire. The lack of attention paid to the North is very alarming.”
Fedeli also expressed dismay at the
lack of a plan to reduce spending and create jobs to get Ontarians
“Regrettably for Ontario, Premier
Wynne appears to have chosen to entrench the McGuinty agenda that led
to the biggest jobs and debt crisis of our lifetime,” said Fedeli.