Disinformation, things taken out of context, fear mongering (concerning jobs and economics), promises, assumptions and disagreements.
They are magnified and polarizing using the old divide and conquer method in order to get what one wants seems, in my mind, to be the method used by Taseko and the media to promote mining at Fish Lake.
Is this another Bre-X? Not quite.
Superficially, at first, it would create jobs but at what cost? What the average Joe doesn’t seem to realize is at first it’s the taxpayers that pay, not the company, so much.
Sure there is low-grade gold associated with ore and copper.
They may drill here and there and find evidence of trace amounts.
Yet, it’s still no real guarantee. It’s a gamble.
Canada is littered with abandoned mines of failed gamblers. The feds are only allowed to OK so many mines per year.
Taseko is merely one out of 100s that seek approval.
Logic dictates one would pick the mine with the highest potential with the least cost.
Fish Lake, in spite of the public relations, isn’t one of them.
People like Christy Clark, or even the mayor of Williams Lake, know this but support it merely because, in their eyes, they want to look good for the voters to show they support jobs.
The fact is even if it was approved we barely have the affordable technology to do this and actually make a profit.
That’s not to say, in the short term, it wouldn’t create employment.
In the near future Aboriginals will be able to sell, rent or lease land to companies, people and organizations of their choice within their territorial land.
I support the concept of shared borders.
True, a small ore mine could keep local people employed with minimal damage and, perhaps, within 20 years we will have feasible, cost-efficient technologies to do what Taseko claims could be done.
Perhaps this is what Harper meant that Taseko has to acknowledge the First Nations and the environmental concerns.