November 21, 2019 | by: markfirth



Belledune Mayor Joe Noel says the community must try to remain positive in the
face of the loss of Brunswick Smelter and 420 jobs.

Noel tells CBC it won’t be easy but vital information such as how much
equipment Glencore is leaving behind will dictate next steps.

The provincial government has announced it will be freezing the tax base for
2020 and the Mayor says there are companies interested in coming to Belledune.

Port of Belledune CEO Denis Caron added to the positive message saying there
are opportunities to grow the port and diversify business opportunities in the
region to create jobs.

The New Brunswick government is creating a committee to help the Belledune
region following the closure of the Brunswick lead smelter.

The province says the committee will focus not only on employment support for
the 420 workers who are losing their jobs, but will also concentrate on
economic development opportunities in the northern region.

Labour Minister Trevor Holder says the committee’s membership will be
finalized in the coming days and it will then begin discussing ways to help
the community.

He says a meeting will also be held Friday between government and community
members to provide an update on the situation.


Restigouche Regional Service Commission says the closure of Brunswick Smelter
will impact the entire region and they have reached out to Chaleur to work
together to come up with a plan for the north.

Commission Chair Denis Savoie tells the Tribune meetings with elected
officials from the Chaleur region will be taking place this week to talk
about steps moving forward.

Savoie says they obviously can’t force private enterprise to stay open but
says if there is anything representatives in either region can due to help
with the loss of the 420 jobs.. they will do it.


The Campbellton Finance Administration Committee with a few items of note
being decided.

According to the Tribune the committee approved the use of the secondary ice
surface at the Campbellton Regional Memorial Civic Centre to help bring the
RCMP Musical Ride to the city.

Just over 68-hundred dollars was approved for a Xylem HPS transformer to
protect the the water system from power shortages.

Councillors also approved a donation request to be included in the
Restigouche Tourism Guide for 2020 to promote the RV Park and waterfront.