Michelle Hargreaves holds up a chunk of chromite that was extracted from the Black Thor Deposit in the Ring of Fire.
Credits: RON GRECH/QMI AGENCY
The area contains the largest chromite find in North America. Chromite is used to make stainless steel.
"His curiosity was piqued," McGuinty said Thursday of a meeting he had with Harper on Tuesday.
McGuinty said he asked the PM to work with First Nations in and around the remote area 250 km west of James Bay to help build the roads and infrastructure necessary to develop the Ring of Fire.
McGuinty once said Ontarians can't stake their future on "pulling stuff from the ground" as western Canadian economies have been able to do, but is now warming to his province's major role in North American mining.