WINNIPEG – The Premier is telling residents of The Pas not to lose hope.
Over 300 people will be out of work in December after Tolko Industries announced they’re shutting down the paper mill plant in the northern Manitoba town.
Brian Pallister says the government had already offered up support to Tolko, but feels there’s little the government can do to save the paper mill.
“Clearly weren’t deemed to be, I suppose, in of themselves enough to convince the company that they should continue to lose money in that operation.”
Pallister says his government has a plan to create jobs and improve quality of life in northern Manitoba, although he wouldn’t get into specifics.
“We’re very very focused on outlining job creation opportunities that we think will work, training opportunities that we believe will work, infrastructure investments that will work, and in tandem with one another these things will help us grow a stronger economy.”
In the short term, Pallister says they’re meeting with officials in The Pas and social assistance is in place to help those in need.
The news that Tolko is shutting down operation comes shortly after Omnitrax announced it was cutting freight service in half and closing the Port of Churchill.