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Exception taken

Dear sir,

I take sincere exception to comments attributed to Kirk Grossman (Financial Post, January 6), senior manager and a member of the modernization project development team.

I can assure Mr. Grossman that I certainly support the company’s endeavour to build and complete a 400,000 tonnes. However, I feel Mr. Grossman has crossed the line considering his position with the company by uttering threats and showing his insensitivity and lack of compassion towards the citizens of our community.

The consequences of whatever decisions are made which either support or inhibit the project cannot and should not be treated in such a cavalier manner.

The take it or leave it approach, or be thankful that you have it, just isn’t appropriate in this day and age.

As a longtime resident of Kitimat, I strongly applaud the union’s position which has been stated on many occasions: conditional support for the modernization project announced provided the company is prepared to state in writing in a signed legal document (Terms of Reference) their commitment to build a new pre-bake smelter of a minimum capacity of 400,000 tonnes.

With the assurances and guarantees of the appropriate workforce levels, this certainly would ensure a level of prosperity and security for many in the future.

This, in my belief, cannot be achieved in isolation but must include the public’s legitimate concerns pertaining to the BCUC decision and the upcoming court challenge.

The bottom line is that, as a minimum, Alcan must be held to their stated commitment of building a new smelter in Kitimat by 2012 and running the smelter to full capacity for the next 30 to 50 years.

The rest will come out in the wash.

Ross Slezak.

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