Q: Mining is cyclical. What would you do to diversify the economy of the Flin Flon region beyond this single industry?
Angela Enright, PC Party:
We are committed to bettering our economy by working in partnership with Manitobans because, when we work together as a team, there is nothing we cannot achieve.
We will diversify the economy of Flin Flon, and Manitoba as a whole, by pursuing membership in the New West Trade Agreement, which will provide for new contracting and employment opportunities. We are also committed to the development of aboriginal economic zones to create jobs and promote opportunities.
We will also provide better supports to Flin Flon’s mining industry. We are committed to increasing support for Manitoba’s geological survey and will establish a Duty to Consult framework with First Nations and Métis communities, setting out obligations, responsibilities and timeframes to build a more respectful and effective relationship and partnership that will result in improved outcomes for community members and mining operations.
Tom Lindsey, NDP:
The NDP are focused on what matters most to working and middle-class Manitoba families – good jobs and steady economic growth.
The mining industry in Manitoba is ranked number two in Canada and fourth in the world for our “open for business policies.”
The NDP will continue to work to ensure the boom and the bust of mining is not so dramatic. We have a Minister’s Mining Advisory Council that brings government, industry and First Nations to the table. We have strengthened exploration incentives to be the best in Canada and work to keep exploration numbers high.
While working to keep mining in the Flin Flon region active and sustainable, providing steady growth and good jobs, we also recognize that single-industry economies can present unique challenges.
There is no easy solution, but the NDP are committed to working with local government, stakeholders and the people of Flin Flon to identity potential opportunities for diversification that provides more stability to the region.
Clarence Pettersen, independent:
Mining will always be an important part of our economy. Having said that, we have to look at other alternatives.
The road to Pukatawagan is essential to us. We then become the business hub for northeastern Saskatchewan and northwestern Manitoba if we accomplish this, and take that road to Lynn Lake and further north to Nunavut, and through the Greenstone Belt, opening up more mining possibilities.
Roads to Sandy Bay and Pelican already add to our business and hospital usage.
I’m excited about the feasibility study for the North Central Canada Centre of Arts and Environment. This educational centre would definitely diversify our economy, adding jobs plus opportunities for northern Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and all of Canada.
It’s an exciting proposition for both the environment and the arts community, which is huge here in Flin Flon. Already known for our hockey, it will be wonderful to add something else to our legacy in the North. Let’s be open to opportunity.
Leslie Beck, Liberal Party:
I would remove the impediments that restrict private industry from developing in the region. First and foremost I would be advocating for settling the Treaty Land Entitlements with First Nations and land rights of the Métis people.
This would allow meaningful discussion eliminating government red tape. Provincial and federal governments need to create a system where industry and environment can co-exist, thereby providing regulatory stability, which would engage indigenous groups and support mineral exploration.
There are 400,000 direct and indirect jobs linked to the mining sector in Canada and this provides $60 billion into the GDP. Manitoba needs to get on board as all attempts by previous governments have failed since 2000.