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Lathlin speaks on anniversary of mill sale

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  • January 9, 2018
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The following is The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin’s private member statement made in early December regarding the looming closure of Tolko Industries Ltd. paper mill and the following sale of that mill to its current owners, Canadian Kraft Paper Industries. Following the reading of the statement, Town of The Pas Mayor Jim Scott was presented with a recognition award (pictured):
This month will mark one year since our community was facing the possible closure of our Paper Mill in The Pas. It was August of 2016 when our community, my home town of The Pas and the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, received the announcements of the closure and letting us know the mill was up for sale.
Our immediate reaction was shock and distress for an unforeseeable future for many employees, their families and friends. However, our community pulled together. Everyone including our paper mill employees, local leadership, First Nation leadership, local business leaders and union representatives all came together to find a solution.
I am very proud to be part of a community that came together to save and keep jobs in northern Manitoba and, most importantly, allowing our families and children to remain in their home town of The Pas. It is with absolute love and respect that I rise here today to acknowledge their strength, leadership and commitment to their home. This truly represents our resilience as northern Manitobans.
I want to recognize the American Industrial Acquisition Corporation that came forward to purchase the mill and named it the Canadian Kraft Paper Industries.
My heart and gratitude goes out to the employees of the mill who took a hit to their pay cheque and their pensions by investing to ensure that this community remained together. First Nations were part of the solution and were included as participants within their traditional territory. This is truly a testament of their team work and I cannot thank them enough.
I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing and welcoming Jim Scott, the Mayor for the Town of The Pas and my good friend for joining us to accept recognition on behalf of the community of The Pas.