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HARRISON – Myopic council doesn’t think Kamloops needs heavy industry

Lafarge plant in Kamloops. (CFJC Today image)

Lafarge plant in Kamloops.

THOSE ON Kamloops Council who think the city can do without heavy industry can put another notch in their belt.

harrisonhed-sep2016It’s unlikely the high municipal tax regime for heavy industry was the primary reason for the decision by Lafarge Canada to mothball its Kamloops plant, but you can bet your bottom dollar it factored in it to some degree.

Council has been moving in the recent past to try to bend down its tax rate for it’s heavy industrial sector, but it’s to this point it’s been painfully slow, and far too little.

Kamloops has long been deaf to that inequity. We can remember former Weyerhaeuser boss Dave McInnes constantly talking about how unfair the higher rate was, and still is, when compared with what their competitors pay in comparable communities.

There are those on council who haven’t had much, if any, sympathy for the heavy industrial sector — one has even said in the past the city can do without a pulp mill.

But now, this council has dragged its feet so long on creating a more competitive and balanced tax policy for heavy industry. There are only two of the original four who are in that category left — Domtar, and Tolko — and who knows how long they can battle both market conditions, and sky high local taxes.

But then, this is the mantra for some of the more myopic minds on this council, those who don’t think the city needs resource sector jobs, and who think the young people of Kamloops can get along just fine without them.

Listen to Jim Harrison’s editorials weekdays on Radio NL, and to the Jim Harrison Show at 9:08 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact him at jharrison@radionl.com.

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1 Comment on HARRISON – Myopic council doesn’t think Kamloops needs heavy industry

  1. So council thinks that minimum wage jobs and retail sector jobs is what people want? WAKE up kamloops!! It now takes 2 incomes just to survive paycheck to paycheck. WHAT happens when one income goes away. Like pregnancy., injury or layoff.

    Insurmountable debt . Crime, dependance on welfare food banks

    Like it or not, we need heavy industry jobs

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