Angus Speaks Out On Ring Of Fire

The Ring of Fire deposit in Northern Ontario may be one of the richest ore deposits found in memory, but Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says both the federal and provincial governments must work together to ensure that the north is able to fully benefit from the deposit.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Angus said the processing of the ore must be done in Northern Ontario. “When it comes to the Ring of Fire northerners are speaking with one voice. We don’t want ore shipped out of jurisdiction. We don’t want ore shipped to China. We want the Ring of Fire processed in the north. It’s time that northerners – First Nation and non-Natives share the possibilities.”

Angus said he is concerned about the message being sent to mining companies in the wake of the government’s rubber-stamping of the Xstrata and Vale takeovers of Canadian mining giants Falconbridge and Inco.

“This Conservative government has totally failed to stand up for the mining communities of Canada. The Conservatives gave the thumbs up to Xstrata and Vale. They have shut the refinery in Timmins. They have waged war against the people of Sudbury, Thompson and Voisey’s Bay. We don’t want this attitude to prevail in the development of the Ring of Fire.”

Angus says the Ring of Fire has the potential to benefit Northern Ontario’s aging rail lines and ensure value-added employment for northern communities.

“Timmins-James Bay has been home to some of the richest gold, copper, diamond and base metal mines in the world. And now we have the Ring of Fire – a chromite deposit that could transform the economy of all Northern Ontario.”