Treat it like a port authority, policy institute argues
Authored by Nick Mulder, former deputy minister of Transport Canada, the report argues an authority model would be a more effective way to develop Ring of Fire infrastructure than a Crown Corporation.
Mulder is a registered lobbyist with Global Public Affairs. He said none of his clients have any direct interest in the Ring of Fire.
The report questions whether this is the right time for the province to accept such responsibilities given uncertain mineral markets and prices, a growing provincial deficit and debt, unresolved First Nations issues and environmental assessments.
As an alternative solution, a model similar to a transportation authority would spread the risks and responsibilities among various stakeholders.
“This alternative model would involve creating an independent, representative and arm’s length statutory Ring of Fire Infrastructure Authority,” Mulder said. “All parties would have formal representation on the board and the board, not government, would plan and procure facilities and services for road, rail, power and air, while sharing costs and risks with the private sector.”
Visit www.northernpolicy.ca to read the full report.