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Power sales perception a myth
In his letter in the Vancouver Sun, (January 10), Mr. McLaren prefaces his remarks with Its all about power sales, stupid.
This perception is a myth that the District of Kitimat and its million dollar media campaign along with their now diminishing supporters like to perpetuate.
It is not about power sales, it is about investment in the province of British Columbia and the northwest in particular.
It is about modernizing a smelter that provides more productivity, reduces emissions, creates a better working environment and provides approximately 1,000 secure, well paying jobs for 30 plus years.
It is about a good corporate citizen supporting communities from Vanderhoof to Prince Rupert, economically and socially. They fund sports events, seminars, economic development initiatives, arts programs, etc. and have become excellent members of our communities.
It is about investment in BC and an affirmation that BC is a good place to do business.
It is about providing power to a province that is now a net importer of power.
It is about sustaining First Nations initiatives from the Cheslatta to the Haisla.
It is about providing a future for my children and my community.
I resent the arrogance of someone who is secure with a very generous Alcan pension abetting the misguided but very vocal few who are poisoning what should be a celebration of a massive investment that will sustain the economic foundation of the northwest and secures our future.
I urge the provincial government to re-engage with Alcan immediately to ensure this project does not lose momentum or conceivably disappear altogether.
It is time for British Columbia to prove it can compete in the global market place for international investment. This project is too important to British Columbia and the Northwest to lose.