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Hudak promises Ring of Fire development

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 15, 2014 - 10:55 AM |
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he would develop the mineral-rich Ring of Fire in northern Ontario through a public-private partnership scheme if elected June 12. File photo.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he would develop the mineral-rich Ring of Fire in northern Ontario through a public-private partnership scheme if elected June 12. File photo.

LONDON, Ont. - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says he would develop the mineral-rich Ring of Fire in northern Ontario through a public-private partnership scheme if elected June 12.

He says he'd bring the federal government to the table along with mining companies, but didn't say if he'd ask Ottawa for money to build a much-needed transportation route to the remote area.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has slammed Prime Minister Stephen Harper, saying he's not coming to the table with a billion dollars to build the route.

She has also tried to paint Hudak as a weak leader who won't stand up to his federal cousins to get it built.

But Hudak says the real problem is that the governing Liberals have "dithered and delayed" instead of coming up with a plan to develop the massive chromite deposit.

He accused them of neglecting the north and allowing a project that would create jobs in the hard-hit region to fade away.

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