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Prosperity Mine on MP's bucket list
Wednesday’s throne speech sets out a path for the next two years, said Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris.
“Our government is continuing to concentrate on creating jobs, it’s a priority for the prime minister,” Harris said Thursday.
His riding has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada, he added.
“We’ve all been through the pit of the depression and come out stronger than ever.”
Attributing the recovery to the spirit of the people living in the region, Harris also credited the federal government for investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the region in both infrastructure and spending that created jobs.
“In the throne speech yesterday the prime minister spoke about the $70 billion infrastructure commitment our government made with the economic action plan,” Harris said. “That’s still got a ways to go. I think somewhere around $50 billion has been spent.”
Harris also said the New Prosperity Mine is on his bucket list and he plans to keep fighting for it to open.
"I really want to see that mine up and running," he said. "I truly anticipate that the environmental review panel is having a very careful look at the proposal and seeing that Fish Lake is not an issue in this proposal."
Taseko Mines is spending additional million of dollars to save the lake, he added.
The mine's development is essential to the economic growth of the region and more, Harris insisted.
"The skills training and longterm high paying jobs it's going to offer to the First Nations in the region is an opportunity that only comes around in a generation believe me," he said.
In the next few weeks Harris also plans to meet with Minister of Transportation to advocate for the city's grant application to repave the airport runway.