Questions about a plan for northern mining are being raised at Queen’s Park. New Democrat MPP Michael Mantha asked the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, why nothing has been done to create guidelines for development.

He says companies like Cliffs, KWG, and Noront have spent tens of millions, and are either getting frustrated or pulling out of Ontario all together. Mantha says they all have said the Liberals has not set any real guidelines on development.

Mantha also talked about a trial that started this week, between Northern Superior Resources and the province. NSR is bringing legal action over the lack of guidelines, and is the fourth company to do so since 2009. He says if the government continues to mismanage mining development in the north, the lawsuits will pile up, and the jobs will be gone forever.

However, Gravelle says they are consulting with First Nations. He says Mantha is focusing on the challenges, when they have had success in increasing mineral production, opening up new mines, and are the number one jurisdiction for exploration in the country.