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Mulcair promises better economic relationship with First Nations – Toronto Star

OTTAWA—NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says an NDP government would pave the way for potential economic developments like Ontario’s Ring of Fire by ushering in a new day in Ottawa’s co-operation with First Nations.

“A stronger nation-to-nation relationship is possible,” Mulcair said in notes for a speech at a National Resource Equity conference in Winnipeg.

He said improved dealings between First Nations and the federal government are not only achievable but would bring “incredible economic benefits for everyone.

“Nowhere do these lessons have more potential than in northern Ontario, with the Ring of Fire,” Mulcair said, adding that the mineral rich area is the “opportunity of a lifetime” for natives and Ontarians.

Development of the Ring of Fire, which would within a decade create an estimated $9 billion in economic activity and 5,500 full-time jobs, has been held up by environmental concerns, public infrastructure costs and consideration of the needs of native communities in the affected region.

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