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When Vale announced its plan to close the refinery and smelter last week one thing was clear. It is important to fight for Thompson.
Within hours I came back home to Thompson along with Premier Greg Selinger and Mines minister Dave Chomiak. We met with Steelworkers, the City council and the school board.
The past week has been a difficult time for Thompson. The announcement that Vale is planning to close the smelter and refining operation in Thompson should be of concern to all of us in Manitoba.
When Vale bought Inco four years ago, they bought the assets of the company. The resource itself belongs to the people of Manitoba. Continue reading
Your editorial of November 22nd 2010 shows an incomplete understanding of the background of Vale’s announced intention to close the refinery and smelter in Thompson. It also shows a complete lack of concern for the implications this would have for both Thompson and Manitoba. Continue reading
Vale’s announcement that they are eliminating the surface operation here in Thompson is unacceptable.
Since the 1950′s Thompson has had a fully integrated mining operation. The development of the refinery and smelter were integral parts of the 1956 agreement that established Thompson.
This week the Thompson Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The celebration is an opportunity to recognize the contribution of the Chamber to Thompson and the North over the years. It is also a tremendous opportunity to remind ourselves of just how much progress we have made in Thompson.