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McQUARRIE – High-tech, resource industries, tourism can coexist

Not us, says Domtar.

Our economy doesn’t have to be all about resource industries. (Mel Rothenburger file photo)

I’M A CURIOUS kind of guy and have noticed that whenever we talk about diversifying our local economy, the conversation quickly goes off track as people respond with something along the lines of, “True, but we can’t live on tourism jobs alone.”

mcquarriecolhednewMy curiosity makes me wonder why.  Why do we always fall back on that as being the only possible outcome of a diversified economy?

Tourism is and will continue to be an important part of the economic mix for this City. The keyword is mix but that is ignored when someone inevitably whines about how we can’t survive on tourists and/or minimum wage jobs alone.

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3 Comments on McQUARRIE – High-tech, resource industries, tourism can coexist

  1. If we could develop the ability to pick “leadership” over opportunistic idlers we could set out be be anything we want.
    Currently we do not have that ability and the local news editors are a big part of the problem, IMHO.

  2. Ken McClelland // November 29, 2016 at 8:49 AM // Reply

    Fine in a perfect and common-sense world, however in Kamloops we seem to be shackled by a disproportionate number of Councillors and anti-industry vocal community activists that would be fine with no resource or heavy industry at all, and in fact would hold the door and cheer as they leave town. Balance is good, and most folks would be fine with that, but there is too much anti-industry bias in Kamloops, from (usually) the same few people that never found a microphone or keyboard they didn’t love. Heavy industry and resource industries pay a lot of bills in this City, and we would likely have much higher property taxes and wouldn’t have near the services we enjoy without them.

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