(SUDBURY): Green Party candidate Dr. David Robinson believes that developing the Ring of Fire requires a comprehensive plan based on the principles of sustainability, carbon neutrality, and respect for indigenous peoples and communities.
“Ontario has to develop a sustainable road map for the Ring of Fire,” says Robinson. “Right now, the Province is putting the cart before the horse by setting up a development corporation when it’s not at all clear how development should proceed. We need to think comprehensively.”
David Robinson’s plan includes developing a regional governance structure for those areas Northern Ontario currently without functioning local governments. Regional government for the Far North will greatly strengthen the voice of people living in the area – and those expected to reside in the North when the Ring of Fire is developed.
“Sustainability begins at the local level,” says Robinson. “The people who live in the Far North will be hosting what will assuredly be one of the largest economic enterprises this province has ever seen. What we don’t need are politicians and bureaucrats sitting in a Toronto boardroom calling the shots for the Far North. Right now, that appears to be the plan that the Liberals, P.C.’s and NDP have for the region.”
David Robinson has written extensively about developing the Ring of Fire. His plan is based on 5 pillars, including the use of renewable energy; developing a 21st Century transportation system; ensuring local communities benefit; maximizing economic opportunities for the north through value-added industries; and, the need for life-cycle planning for extracted resources.
“I’ve got a solid plan for ensuring that Sudbury and all of Northern Ontario benefit from developing the Ring of Fire,” says Robinson. “The North can’t continue to be treated as a resource colony run out of Toronto. Local people need to see real benefits. I’m afraid that the other parties are eager to give away our resources to multinational companies with little local benefit, just as Alberta is doing with its oil. And that’s simply not sustainable.”
Dr. David Robinson and the Green Party are on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and smart policy to Queen’s Park.