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Ring of Fire topped agenda at recent meetings between Ford and Trudeau, docs show – Global News

March 7, 2023

An all-season road to Ontario‘s Ring of Fire — a region with rich deposits of critical minerals needed for battery manufacturing — appears to have been a primary preoccupation for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford during four successive meetings in the latter half of 2022.

Federal briefing documents prepared for the prime minister ahead of meetings with Ford show that critical minerals and the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario were key topics of discussion between the two — possibly paving the way for a landmark decision to approve a First Nations-led proposal to construct a year-round access road.

The Ring of Fire region, about 500 km northeast of Thunder Bay, is said to be rich in critical minerals and the province has made long-standing promises to develop and mine the area.

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