Co-op­er­a­tion needed to move Donkin along

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Der­rick Kennedy Lit­tle Lor­raine Cape Bre­ton-Canso Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date

The an­nounce­ment from Xs­trata that it in­tends to em­ploy 200 in well-pay­ing jobs at the Donkin mine is a very good thing. The econ­omy of our is­land could use the jobs. There is ex­pected to be an­other 800 in­di­rect jobs.

This is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment but we must keep in mind the com­mer­cial fish­ery in the area of the pro­posed barge site, which is a vi­tal part of the fish­ery. Hun­dreds are em­ployed in this in­dus­try as well.

Along with the many fish­ers in the area, there are two fish plants where many make a liv­ing.

We must find a way to make the two in­dus­tries work hand in hand. When Xs­trata had planned to mine ther­mal coal there were no is­sues af­fecti ng the com­mer­cial fish­ery be­cause the plan was to send the coal by truck or rail. But Xs­trata has now cho­sen to mine cok­ing coal to be shipped world­wide, thus caus­ing this co­nun­drum.

Al­though the min­ing of coal in Cape Bre­ton once again would be a good thing, we can­not do it at the ex­pense of the fish­ing in­dus­try. I think that if all in­volved put their ef­forts into this, we would come up with an eco­nom­i­cal so­lu­tion that would be vi­able for all.

Sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have been very sup­port­ive of Xs­trata’s ef­forts to date and will con­tinue to be in the fu­ture. Now that a prob­lem has been iden­ti­fied, let us not fail. Let all of us be a part of the so­lu­tion.

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