REPORTING · 15th November 2010
The Fourth question was about the feuding in Council which the questioner stated was caused by debate about Rio Tinto Alcan. He asked the panel what they would do to stop bickering over Alcan.
Michelle deLisser said she has respect for RTA. They have provided her with her education and has provided for her family for many years. She promised to work with RTA to help get the modernization going and get them to help the community like they did in the past.
Corinne Scott stated they need to improve relations with RTA because without RTA, Kitimat would not exist. It is the largest employer and the largest taxpayer. The Council needs to build up trust between them and RTA. She also said she wishes to start a group similar to what Fort McMurry has which combines industry, district and hospital.
Edwin Empinado said Kitimat has had its history with RTA and now has to learn from their past. He added also have to make certain the rights of the workers are respected.
Mary Murphy said the Council should stop singing the same tune. They need to have Alcan communicate with the community leaders and have both groups discuss their needs.
Linda Campbell suggested the District of Kitimat could have a working relationship with RTA. She also reminded the audience each elected official is elected to protect the community. She said it would not be the easiest thing to do. The court case is over but Council is there to defend the community.
Debbie Rauhanen said she would support RTA 100%. The community needs to work with Alcan because Alcan is all the town has left.