REPORTING · 3rd April 2014
There was one final presentation to Council on Monday, March 31st. Mike Langegger got up to talk to Council about how he felt about the advertising campaign being put on by the Yes vote.
ďI find it interesting today that we are debating these 209 conditions. What I find most concerning is in this municipal plebiscite, thatís not being debated with our citizens. What Iím seeing out there is Vote Yes for Jobs, Vote Yes for Kitimat, I want my Grandchildren to have a job, Iím voting yes. Thatís not the question,Ē said Langegger.
He said he was concerned with Enbridge high jacking a community process and he felt that this is going on. He expressed concerns that both sides of the argument should have a level playing field. He said this is not going on in Kitimat. He estimated Enbridge was spending $100,000 in their campaign competing with a grass roots organization with spending in the neighbourhood of $2000.
ďIt concerns me how the plebiscite is being led astray in the public eye,Ē said Langegger.
He said from the data he has seen, itís 63 direct jobs once the pipeline is in operation. Enbridge has had 800 spills since 2010. They claim 120 associated jobs which he assumed were in the wharfs. He said these were contracted services.
He stated there was no binding agreement for the jobs. For industry, Kitimat had a pulp and paper mill with a sawmill and forestry jobs. With the closure, there were jobs gone. He looked at the modernization which at one time had 2200 employees. Now, Kemano is gone and Langegger estimated at the end of the day, there would be less than 1000 working there.
ďAt the end of the day, what Iím seeing in the community is this job argument is very bias. I donít think it has anything to do with the 209 conditions and once an industry is rooted, itís there. They want to lower their cost per tonne so the promise of jobsÖ I think people need to be clear on how many jobs at the end of the day there are going to be and I think they are going to be disappointed if they think they are voting for jobs, they arenít going to get what they are expecting,Ē said Langegger.
Comment by CEM on 5th April 2014
If we don't have Enbridge it will just go somewhere else....then who will be the losers ? Where would Kitimat be without Alcan, Eurocan and Methannex ? There wouldn't of been all those good paying jobs and pensions. I'm sure all 3 of these companies have had pollution problems in the past.
Think of the next generations that want to have jobs, pensions, a home, pay for education.
Douglas Channel is a beautiful fjord but it isn't the only one along the coast.
Comment by bob Drake on 4th April 2014
This gentleman raises good points...but I have a thought. All the people who built Eurocan, built Ocelot and built the original Alcan were not "long term " jobs-they were construction jobs which historically and by very definition, are temporary jobs. Should we have said no to building those projects because they only promised a number of temporary construction positions?
Comment by FayEllen McFarlane on 3rd April 2014
As I see it, the largest number of jobs that will be generated by the Enbridge/Northern Gateway Project are those associated with the clean up after a spill.
And I believe that those jobs will eat up the profit from this mega project as well.