I am for the proposed Ajax mine. Yes, unlike Ogopogo, we do exist! And not only do we exist, but I believe we are the silent majority of citizens who actually want the mine to go through.
You might remember what a “silent majority” is due to the recent election victory by the B.C. Liberals, pretty much written off due to an archaic polling system and a lack of writers supporting the party in opinion sections of their local newspapers.
Those people who voted were probably too busy working 40- to 60-hour weeks in our ever-increasing B.C. economy that was between stagnant and dead when the NDP left it.
I’m writing this letter to represent my friends who are currently working at the Highland Valley Copper upgrades and who get to spend a few hours car-pooling every day to return home to their families every night, instead of having to fly to Saskatchewan for two weeks on, one week off, to earn half the pay.
I’m writing this for my friends who run businesses in town and have been able to prosper due to the incredible influx into our economy from the mine’s wages.
They are the same business people who have also added directly to our local economy by investing in workers, equipment, and bought brand new super-duty trucks, houses, quads and boats.
Every part of the Kamloops economy gains from a mine’s hiring — from short-term development to long-term jobs with high paying wages.
I’m writing this for my neighbours, for my friends, and friend’s parents who have been hired at New Gold — whether they graduated from TRU with a degree in marketing, lived in Kamloops their entire lives and are now earning double the income they were at their previous job, or were a journeyman electrician and have been able to stay in the town and pay local taxes, instead of going to Alberta to make on average, a 30-per-cent higher wage.
Lastly, I am writing this to combat the hysterical fear-mongering that seems to erupt in this town any time a corporation or business wants to use our natural
resources and invest millions into Kamloops.
I wonder what the people who are the first to scream bloody murder do for a
living, and how they expect Kamloops to exist once Domtar closes down from the shaky lumber industry and we continue to shut ourselves off from new investments?
I guess then we get to rely on that gigantic tourism industry people are always so scared to destroy but from which nobody I have ever met seems to earn a decent living.