NDP leader Howard Hampton continues to pressure Premier Dalton McGuinty to commit to ensuring immediate changes to address First Nations’ rights in regards to mineral exploration.
“The McGuinty Liberals have been in power for more than five years and continue to talk about changes to the Mining Act, but all we hear is talk,” said Hampton.
“The McGuinty Liberals could immediately bring in a regulation that would be an important first step in ensuring First Nations’ consultation. But the Premier refused,” he added.
During Question Period on Monday, Hampton asked McGuinty if he would commit to consulting and accommodating First Nations’ communities before any future mining claims are recorded on traditional First Nations’ land.
The premier refused to make the commitment.
“We see in Ontario today First Nation leaders being imprisoned because of the McGuinty government’s failure to consult and accommodate First Nations prior to allowing mineral exploration on their traditional territories,” said Hampton.
“The McGuinty government could immediately address this embarrassment. Instead, the premier refuses,” he charged.

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