When in Flin Flon last week Premier Brian Pallister was asked about money available to communities like Flin Flon and Thompson from the Mining Community Reserve Fund. He said money is not available as the fund was allowed to fall below the level set by the previous administration. He says they want to make sure they are able to adjust when ore deposits are depleted and it has consequences and we end up with losing jobs in our area. He explains what they’ve done is with their Look North strategy they are focused on working with their partners whether it’s at the community level in communities like Flin Flon, The Pas Thompson or also with Indigenous leadership to encourage better exploration strategies because if there’s prospectors out they’re there going to find good stuff in our province and that hasn’t been the case for too long now and they’re getting back to that but it will take time.
Pallister said they know there has to be job opportunities here in order to build our communities so they are promoting investment and tourism in the north with some success.