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NWT needs another log on the fire to keep people warm – Northern News Services

December 2, 2019

Industry is like fire. It can keep you and your family warm. If industry gets out of control, it can burn your house down. Giant Mine is an eternal example of that.

At the Geoscience Forum awards dinner earlier this month, there were mining men and women, Indigenous business leaders, premiers, ministers, ex-premiers and ex-ministers. The rest of us there do significant business with the mining industry. These people hold the spark and fuel we need to keep a Northern fire burning.

It was significant former Premier Bob Mcleod won an honorary achievement award. A News/North editorial once stated: “if Premier Bob McLeod was any more committed to the mining industry, he would be wearing a hardhat in the legislative assembly.”

Over his two terms, the ex-premier beat the drum for resource development and mining, making the case we needed it to top up the barebones budget we get from the Ottawa. But Premier McLeod was up against three unmoving forces.

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