Delegation heads east to promote mine

A Cariboo delegation is in Ottawa this week promoting the New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project.

“We want to try to educate the politicians there that there is a lot of support for the mine to move forward,” Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Jason Ryll said from the Kamloops airport Tuesday. “What they are hearing in the media from the opponents is not the only case and in fact, at times, it’s far from the truth.”

Williams Lake Mayor Kerry Cook, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, Ervin Charleyboy, Len Doucette, Walt Cobb, Nick Christianson, Ken Greenall and Alan Roberts are also part of the delegation.

The group will meet with parliamentary secretaries and the Conservative caucus on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq has until the end of February to issue a decision statement about the mine.

There is a lot of “silent” support for New Prosperity from the people in the community, from investors in the community and around the province, Ryll said.

“There’s a lot riding on the mine and the project moving forward, not only from a local perspective, when it comes to the people it can employ, but the larger perspective of investment in B.C.”


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