Algoma-Manitoulin NDP MPP Reacts to End of Ring of Fire Framework Agreement

Local New Democrat Michael Mantha's decrying news the PC government's scrapped a regional framework agreement with First Nations in the Ring of Fire region.

The PC government confirmed earlier this week that it has ended the agreement with the Matawa First Nations, instead noting that major industry player Noront Resources has memorandums of understanding with the communities.

Mantha is attacking the PCs over the move, saying they "didn't even pay lip service to the billion dollars in funding" needed for access roads to the Ring of Fire, while this year's budget "made no commitments to meaningful consultations with First Nations impacted by development in this area".

While the Algoma-Manitoulin MPP says the preceeding Liberal government "wasted a decade of potential economic opportunities for northerners", he's accusing Premier Doug Ford of "making things worse", putting the province "at risk of losing another decade of opportunity", as he says development of the Ring of Fire "can only happen in true partnership with First Nations".