Consul and Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Winnipeg visited Flin Flon and The Pas last week. Tim Cipullo (chip oh loh) says he represents the United States Government in this part of Canada and that is in two parts, one is to follow what’s going on in Manitoba and know what issues are going to be of interest to the United States and the second is to represent the United States and tell their story in Canada.
Cipullo says he came here from Tokyo where he was at the US Embassy doing environmental and energy work and before that he was in the Philippines, Chile and Washington DC and each post has been very different with a different set of issues and a different culture.
He told the Chamber of Commerce he found Flin Flon and The Pas have a similar problem with American communities in having a reduced tax base as people move to outside the community.
Cipullo is in the second year of his three year term.