Maritime Steel blacklisted by governments, banks

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To the editor,

The mayor and councillors of New Glasgow must be jumping for joy: Maritime Steel is closed again. It's a fact the Town of New Glasgow has succeeded in having Abbas Jafarnia blacklisted – as have governments from the town, to the NDP in Halifax, the Tories in Ottawa and apparently all the banks. Mr. Jafarnia's property is worth more than $4 million. Would that not be enough collateral to borrow $1 million?

The NDP government and the federal Tories are always giving money all over. The American railway gets millions every year. Peter MacKay, I notice, is also handing out lots of bucks. So why not lend some of that money to Mr. Jafarnia? Mr. MacKay, there are 20 to 25 employees who need these jobs. Mr. Jafarnia has asked for a loan, not a handout. These employees, with the start of school just around the corner, need help to buy school supplies.

The union had a meeting with Ross Landry, who, I read, was waiting for them. He fed them the regular NDP bull. So Mr. Jafarnia and employees, it's plain you are playing against a stacked deck.

In answer to Diane MacMillan's letter in the Aug. 11 edition, if she had read the paper carefully, Mr. Jafarnia asked for a loan, not a handout. It seems the ones who are retired and well off do not care about the workingman.

Clarrie MacKinnon did not take long in running to the people when he found out he might be losing his job. Well people, tell him what the government of Nova Scotia told the employees of Maritime Steel – you're too big a risk.

Mr. Jafarnia should be congratulated, spending his own income trying to keep jobs for his employees.

Mr. Landry is saying that Maritime Steel is holding back economic potential in Pictou County. I think the NDP government and New Glasgow are the problem. Mr. Landry also talked a while ago about the smell in the area near Maritime Steel. If the smell is so bad why did they put the new farmers market there? My husband and I walk that area quite often. The air quality is good. My husband has asthma and has no problem breathing in that area.

At least one politician backed the employees – Westville's deputy mayor. Where are all the Nova Scotia Liberals and Conservatives now? I guess they won't say anything until election time.

Diane Perry

New Glasgow

Organizations: Maritime Steel, NDP

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Halifax, Ottawa Nova Scotia Pictou County Westville

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  • johnny smoke
    August 17, 2012 - 21:55

    Love your piece Diane problem is as you say the fix is in. The N.D.P. government will without hesitation pay out over half a million of our bucks to save jobs in the forestry sector which is overloaded with plants and equipment, the N.D.P. government refuses to even consider fifty thousand of our bucks to keep maritime steel open for a business that has potential for growth and prosperity. Maybe the three N.D.P. M.L.A's should consider running in Port Hawksbury or the south shore area next time as that is where their loyalties lie. This also applies to Mr. Peter MacKay who recently stated that he was on a mission to take the" NO" out of Nova Scotia great work Peter remember action speaks louder than words. Meanwhile 25 tradesmen will file for E.I. check out jobs in Alberta or elsewhere and we will again hear the moaning of our lackluster premier and lackluster cabinet talk about immigration being the answer to all of our ills. I have found that most problems are self made, this is a typical example of the lack of vision and lack of faith from those who every few years call upon the electorate to bestow upon them the very ideals that they fail to bestow upon others.