It's no secret that Stephen Harper is a natural resources kind of guy. Frankly, the fact that Canada's economy is mostly resource-driven is probably what has helped stave off recession (that and prudent banking laws from the previous government). To appoint Tony Clement to look at the Ring of Fire is a promising move and suggests that the government is looking to take the area seriously. However, there is no mention yet of what transportation infrastructure might be involved.
Clement takes charge in Ring of Fire