Why have we not learned the painful lessons of the past? The B.C. NDP government in the 1970s foolishly shut down the entire B.C. mining industry and it has taken several generations to recover. Now, just as things were looking bright, the federal conservative government – which should know better – has sent an equally chilling message of negativity to the investment community by saying no to the Prosperity Mine.
How many other well planned mining projects in B.C. are now on uncertain ground because of the negative signal that’s been sent? The Prosperity mine was a beacon of hope to thousands of people and their families in the Cariboo region and beyond. This foolish, ill-informed decision must be reconsidered and approval given to this mine. Every possible environmental precaution is in place. There is no reason on earth to say no to it.