Chambers rally behind new mine project

Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce endorses expanded mineral extraction

Provincial business and community leaders have come together to encourage the federal government to approve the New Prosperity project and to raise awareness of how mining drives B.C.’s social and economic well-being.

The federal minister of environment and the federal cabinet are expected to make a decision on whether to approve the New Prosperity project in the Cariboo within the next few months.

“We’ve come together to send a clear message to Ottawa. Our province needs this project,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, of a recent meeting of business leaders held in Vancouver.

“It’s our collective view that the New Prosperity project must be evaluated with full consideration for both the great social and economic benefits it would create and for B.C.’s proven track record of building and operating mines in a safe and environmentally sound manner.”

The New Prosperity project is a proposed open-pit copper-gold mine near Williams Lake that would employ 700 people during construction and support 500 full-time direct jobs and 1280 indirect jobs for many years to come.

“In Armstrong and Spallumcheen, we’re are eager to see the addition of  lucrative employment to the B.C. economy,” said Andrew Laird, president of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

“Canada is a world leader in responsible resource development, and as the global economy continues to create demand for what we can produce, it’s important to make sure B.C. is at the table.

“It would be welcome news to entrepreneurs in the North Okanagan to see indications that they can make plans for the future, comfortable in the knowledge that all levels of the Canadian economy are moving forward on large-scale projects once again.”