Re­fin­ery sale could re­sult in clo­sure

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

As I read the ar­ti­cle in The Cit­i­zen about the pos­si­ble sale of the Husky re­fin­ery, I am con­cerned. Since the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment of the Brian Mul­roney gov­ern­ment, Bri­tish Columbia has lost four re­finer­ies.

That’s right, folks, – we had four re­finer­ies in the Van­cou­ver area, one here in Prince Ge­orge and one in Tay­lor. Canada doesn’t have enough re­fin­ery ca­pac­ity to meet its ex­ist­ing needs. If these re­finer­ies were still in op­er­a­tion, Canada wouldn’t have to im­port fuel. These re­finer­ies were closed be­cause of down siz­ing not that the need wasn’t there. They were closed be­cause of greed.

I believe its time for Cana­di­ans to start in­vest­ing in Cana­dian in­dus­try. If the Amer­i­cans buy this re­fin­ery, they will shut it down.

Stan New, Prince Ge­orge

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