What’s the difference?

Dear sir,

Alcan is foremost a business. Part of the profits of this business is the sale of power.

Members of council are business owners. As business owners they market a product. This product is sold to make profit.

What is the difference between Alcan and their businesses?

What if a regulatory body tried to dictate to them that they are not allowed to sell the product for market value, and therefore make less to no profit?

How long would they be in business?

I am sure others have seen on the televised news as well as on the Internet, the announcement of the new smelter to be built in Quebec.

All parties, including municipal and provincial governments, local residents and Alcan, welcomed this announcement. They showed a comradely and teamwork attitude and were excited to be working together to reach the common goal. Unlike what has been happening in Kitimat.

How do they expect to attract business or foreign investors?

I’m sure that Alcan was not the only tender to be submitted to BC Hydro. So, why do we not see conflict regarding the price of that power?

At what point will Kitimat wake up? When Alcan pulls out of the area?

Then what? The whole Northwest will lose everything. Our homes, retirement plans, families... just to name a few.

Ex-managers of Alcan, like other staff members, reaped benefits from the sale of power.

They seemed to be okay with it then, what’s changed?

Donald F Rafeiro.

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