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Councillor wants update on group trying to attract business

PICTOU – A county councillor says he is concerned about the lack of public information about a group formed to improve the county’s economy.

Coun. Robert Parker said Monday during a committee of the whole meeting that he has heard little about a group being led by Pictou businessman Sean Murray to attract new business opportunities to the province in light of the recent downsizing by Michelin.

Warden Ron Baillie said he recently spoke to Murray, but was unable to release any details of their conversation.

“I think it’s safe to say a lot of things are happening in the background,” he said. “If it becomes a reality, it will be great for the county.”

Baillie said Murray is meeting regularly with the province’s deputy minister and he is interested in speaking with council in the future about the group’s work.

Parker, who has asked repeatedly that council have a representation on this committee, said he is disappointed that county councillors are not more involved in improving the area’s economy.

“Myself, as a councillor, I feel pretty much in the dark,” he said. “I don’t even know who the members of this committee are. There are a lot of smart people in this county who could be helping out. It appears to be a closed shop and I am wondering why.”

Baillie said he could disclose more during an in camera session, but not during the public meeting.

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