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2014-02-06 at 17:50

Ring of Fire bound

Federal NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie.
Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
Federal NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie.
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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

The federal NDP are heading into the Ring of Fire.

Deputy leader and environment critic Megan Leslie (NDP, Halifax) is one of several MPs in Thunder Bay Thursday before taking a trip to communities near the Ring of Fire.

Leslie said the proposed development will make a national impact on everything from First Nations rights to natural resources to the environment.

"We're here really on a learning tour," Leslie said.

Leslie said the MPs want to take what they learn back to Parliament Hill to put pressure on the federal government, which she said has only paid lip service to the development so far despite saying it is a priority.

"Why now? Because we've waited long enough," she said. "I don't know where they are on this."

While there are many challenges, Leslie said a start to the federal government's leadership role is as simple as getting everyone to the table to start talking.

"We can't just sit around and magically think this is going to happen," she said.

Duty to consult First Nations, environmental and natural resources concerns are in the jurisdiction of the federal government she said.

The NDP are holding a public meeting at the Oliver Road Community Centre on First Nations, environmental and energy issues Thursday evening.

 

 

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Mind-your-own says:
Leave it in the ground. .....oooooh the NDP will surely solve everyone's problems. The got their buddy Bob Rae to stall the process already.
2/6/2014 11:58:53 PM
Robert Smithers says:
Nothing but lip service. The NDP doesnt want this thing to go, if it does and first nations make a go of it then they will be able to stand on their own and then who will the NDP have as their pet poster children?
Besides, the longer it drags out the more money Bob Rae rakes in.
2/7/2014 8:30:42 AM
Jasper says:
Another waste of taxpayer money! Why doesn't tbnewswatch interview local geologists and ask them when this project will get going. Because from the ones I know (granted that is only three) but they all agree that the ring of fire won't happen in our lifetime.
2/7/2014 9:27:05 AM
CM Punk says:
Costs too much to mine in Canada, or being more specific, Ontario for that matter.
I also heard that Stillwater will halt their gold mining project as well.

Metal market is tumbling and do not hope for the upcoming mining boom to save this region anytime soon.
2/7/2014 12:07:01 PM
Watchful says:
Get a grip, the ring of fire is a joke that will never happen. Until all groups can agree forget it. And all groups agreeing will never happen
2/8/2014 2:38:13 PM
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