By Tom Parisi
Provincial New Democrats say there’s still on big questioned to be answered in the Cliffs Resources deal.
With Cliffs set to process chromite ore in Capreol, the NDP are wondering if they’ll get a break when it comes to hydro rates. Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson said he hopes this doesn’t turn out to be another Xstrata disaster.
“Two years ago Xstrata closed the met site in Timmins because of high electricity rates and the area lost hundreds of jobs. Minister Bartolucci needs to find a way to defy his own government’s policy and offer comparable rates to Manitoba and Quebec.”
Bisson added, the problem is the province looks like their doing something for Northern Ontario but as it’s stands they need to reverse their own policy to attract Cliffs and any other company looking to establish in the province.
Xstrata Copper and Zinc in Timmins was at the time the largest consumer of electricity in the Ontario.