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Kenora highway twinning announcement expected

Two provincial ministers will attend an event with leaders of area First Nations.
Plans to twin Highway 17 west of Kenora were first announced in 2009 (MTO photo)

KENORA, Ont. — Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney is in Kenora for a joint announcement with Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford.

The announcement is connected to plans to begin twinning Highway 17 between Kenora and the Manitoba boundary.

The province's previous Liberal government cited challenges negotiating agreements with area First Nations as one reason the project did not proceed despite a 2009 announcement by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Mulroney and Rickford will be joined Wednesday afternoon for a photo opportunity with leaders of Washagamis Bay First Nation, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation and Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation.

The event will take place at the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation Youth & Elder Centre in Kenora.

At the Ontario Road Builder's Association conference a year ago, the government identified twinning the highway west of Kenora as one of its transportation priorities.



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