Note to Readers: Superior Media/SaultOnline was contacted by a representative of United Steelworkers Local 2251 with the following statement: “Drew Craig is not representing Local 2251 with his views. Local MP Terry Sheehan did meet after the 420 million announcement to hear Local 2251 concerns.”
A Conservative Government will provide up to $420 million of federal support to help Algoma Steel transition to Electric Arc Furnace technology, as agreed by the former Liberal Government earlier this year. In addition to this support, Sonny Spina confirms that a Conservative Government will review this agreement to fully understand the potential job losses that may result for workers and families in Sault Ste. Marie.
“Thanks to Erin O’Toole and the Conservative Party for confirming that if elected, a Conservative Government will support Algoma’s transition to an Arc Furnace” said Sonny Spina, conservative candidate for Sault Ste. Marie. “I’ll work closely with the unions and Algoma to ensure that anyone who loses their job as a result of this project will have the support and retraining they need.”
A principle of Canada’s parliamentary democracy is that a contract entered into by one government will be honoured by the next government. The Conservative Party confirms that it will carry on with the project to convert Algoma Steel to environmentally friendly Arc Furnace technology that will reduce emissions at the plant by almost 70%. The project will be supported with up to $200 million from the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) and with an additional, up to $200 million from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Drew Craig, from Union Local 2251, has been working with Sonny Spina since the project’s announcement earlier this year to understand the impact the new Arc Furnace will have on Sault Ste. Marie jobs.
“Personally for me, I want to see Algoma be environmental leaders in the steel industry so the merits of the project make sense, at least what we’ve read about it in the news paper” said Craig. “Terry and Algoma did not consult us on this project, as they are required to do, and neither the Liberal government nor Algoma would answer our calls or questions about what impact this project will have on our members and their families here in Sault Ste. Marie.”
Sonny Spina and a Conservative Government will honour the terms of the contract signed by the previous government and will conduct a review working closely with the unions and the Government of Canada. This review will determine the medium and long-term job losses that may result from the project and what can be done to prepare for and support workers if they lose their jobs.
“This contract must be legally sound, and we must protect jobs during the transition to the new Arc Furnace” said Craig. “I am energized by Sonny’s commitment to work with us, to answer our call when no one else did, so we can get to work to develop a plan to help any of our Brothers and Sisters who may lose their jobs as a result of this project.”