(You can’t make this stuff up)
By: Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – The biggest hurdle former Ontario energy minister George Smitherman will face trying to secure a Ring of Fire ore processor for the northern town of Greenstone are his own energy policies, critics say.
The Municipality of Greenstone has hired Smitherman to try to convince Cliffs Natural Resources to build a chromite processor on the outskirts of Nakina and Aroland First Nation.But while the town believes Smitherman is the right go-to guy because of his contacts in government and the electricity business, New Democrat Howard Hampton said that very legacy will work against him.
“One of the big issues with the location of that smelter refinery will be the electricity cost,” said Hampton. “The minister who is probably most responsible for driving Ontario’s electricity rates through the ceiling is now being contracted to try to talk a company into ignoring those sky-high electricity rates.”
It would cost Cliffs Resources a billion more dollars over their projected 30-year period to set up shop in Ontario instead of in neighbouring Manitoba or Quebec, said Hampton. Read entire article here