Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hampton talks Ring of Fire

The appointment of Former Energy Minister George Smitherman is not sitting well with NDP Critic Howard Hampton.  Smitherman will try to persuade a U-S company to locate a Ring of Fire ore processor in northwestern Ontario.  The Municipality of Greenstone has hired Smitherman to convince Cliffs Natural Resources to build a chromite processor on the outskirts of Nakina and Aroland First Nation.  However, New Democrat Howard Hampton says Smitherman's record as energy minister may be his biggest hurdle.  Hampton says it was during Smitherman's tenure that electricity rates went through the roof.