Just want to comment on something that has probably been commented on a thousand times before… As far as the Soo economy goes, you cannot attract industrial jobs here that simply don’t exist anymore… Unless people are prepared to work for the same wages as people in other countries, the drain will continue… Bombardier wants a huge handout yet are transferring several hundred jobs out of the country at the same time.. This is going on all over the country so give up, it ain’t gonna happen here..
What I think we need to do (right after firing The EDC) is start promoting our great outdoors in a big way… Cut a bunch of hiking trails with camping areas in the really scenic spots (we have zillions of them)… You could blaze trails from here to Thunder Bay or Chapleau, Wawa, Hawk Junction, Gogama,Cochrane, wherever , and promote them all over Europe and the US… Imagine safe places to go camping or hiking without worrying about ISIS blowing up the place… Over the years I have had the opportunity to listen to people from Europe hitch-hiking across Canada and they just can’t get over the beauty and space we have here… lets use it, promote it with tons of advertising(after the EDC is fired that will free up lots of money for that) and utilize the natural beauty we have.
We live here and don’t really appreciate it but some one from a super crowded city would pay lots of money to come and hike in our virtually unspoiled wilderness… Use the people that won’t be employed by the plant soon to cut the trails, everyone knows of a lake somewhere that in their mind is the most beautiful place in the world… Lets capitalize on some of this… Winter camping and hiking is a big thing now too… Forget the damn plant, it’s a dead zone, lets do something different for a change… My Humble Opinion…
- Bill Alward