Need to encourage businesses that offer large projects

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To the editor,
The recent Ivany report states we have to rely on small businesses to revive and grow the staggering economy here in Nova Scotia. That may be true but his report misses one big factor needed to make this happen – industrial or mega projects.

Where would small business be in Fort McMurray without the tar sands? Where would small business be in Saskatchewan with no potash mines? Where would small business be in Windsor or Oakville with no car or parts plants?

Here in our own county, remember 2,000 men making rail cars, 1,000 men building navy coast guard and fishing trawlers, 1,500 men operating mines in Thorburn, Stellarton and Westville. Our main streets were full of small businesses and people with money to support them. Not now, we have plywooded windows with ‘for sale’ or ‘for rent’ signs on them.

The government has to tear up its red tape and encourage the companies that want to develop mega projects in our province to come here. They have dollars to spend with no government assistance required. The LNG terminals for Goldboro and Canso, the container terminal for Melford, LNG storage facility for Alton, the pipeline for Eastern Canada and a plant to clean up the fracking waste water are all viable projects that want to start ASAP, and would generate 4,000 to 5,000 construction jobs, all new money that would be spent here in Nova Scotia.

The spinoff small businesses would boom and create another 10,000 jobs province-wide.

Good times come again, our young, talented people stay here to live and raise their families, spend their money here and help bring back the long lost prosperity our parents enjoyed.

Dwight MacDonald

RR1 Pictou

Organizations: ASAP

Geographic location: Fort McMurray, Saskatchewan, Windsor Oakville Thorburn Westville Eastern Canada Nova Scotia

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