THUNDER BAY – Its time for a change that puts people first. The Liberals have been critical of our NDP platform for the region and how that might affect the Ring of Fire. Well, let me explain the NDP’s plan for the Ring of Fire. It is clearly outlined in “Respect for the North” – our plan to create and protect Northern jobs and make life more affordable for families.
• We strongly support the sustainable development of the Ring of Fire that will create badly needed jobs here in the North.
• We will assist in the development of infrastructure such as roads, rail and electrical transmission lines to the Ring of Fire.
• We will draft new land use planning rules that protect the interests of First Nations and all our Northern Communities, provide clarity for development and are based on principles of good stewardship of the land.
• We will provide the local workforce with training and education opportunities so as to qualify for jobs at the Ring of Fire.
The Ring of Fire offers First Nations and our Northern Communities huge economic opportunities. Sky high hydro rates and a lack of infrastructure, such as rail, are threatening to push refining from the ore-rich “Ring of Fire” out of the province. The NDP plan supports processing our natural resources here in the north, creating even more jobs and a more sustainable economy.
Respect for the North means restoring hope, hope that our children don’t have to leave the north to find jobs and build their future somewhere else. That hope depends on choosing change that puts people first.
Thunder Bay – Superior North
Want to find out more about the NDP plans for the north, follow this link: NDP Northern Plan