Questions are being raised about a recent Auditor General report about the lack of action at the Ring of Fire. Mines Critic Michael Mantha says the report shows that Ontario is ninth overall in attracting mining projects, despite the province being the largest mineral producer in the country.
Mantha says the Auditor General’s report found that since 2010, the Ring of Fire Secretariat, created by the government, has spent over $13 million and yet has nothing to show for it.
Mantha says one company, Cliffs, is throwing their hands up in the air and the other, Noront, is threatening to leave. He says $13 million has been spent, and the government hasn’t even fulfilled their duty to consult with the First Nations in the area.
Mines Minister Michael Gravelle says they are going to be implementing a new mineral development strategy, which will deal with a number of recommendations the Auditor General is putting forward. Gravelle says they aren’t going to be imposing those at the Ring of Fire without working with First Nations in the area.