With no assistance coming from Ottawa, the provincial government again postponed its long-standing promise to spend $1 billion to carve a transportation corridor to reach the remote and undeveloped chromite and nickel belt
up in the James Bay region.
Marc Serre, Nickel Belt
MP, Joscelyne Landry- Altmann, Greater Sudbury Deputy Mayor, Paul Lefebvre, Sudbury MP, John Tye, Cambrian College professor, Melanie Poirier, Cambrian College student, Daryl Dumoulin, Cambrian College student, Bill Best, Cambrian College President and Emile Malvaso, Chair, Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Enterprise at Cambrian College pose for a photo at the funding announcement.
MP Marc Serre said the federal investment will lead to more exploration expenditures and investment in the Canadian mining sector, as well as higher discovery rates and the development of new mines.
NDP MPP France Gelinas said her party is not against private infrastructure funding for the Ring of Fire, but said it should be subject to government oversight.
MP Claude Gravelle, mining critic for the federal NDP, said Cliffs made "some key mistakes."
France Gelinas in Nickel Belt
and Michael Mantha for Algoma-Manitoulin: will you stand up?
Liberty owns two former nickel mines in the Timmins area and has a nickel concentrator in the Shaw Dome area, a prospective nickel belt