Minister Ralston meets with Mayor Ackerman to discuss regional issues

Taylor MacIntyre
09/07/2018

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The City of Fort St. John hosted an important guest last night (Thursday).
Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, Bruce Ralston, met with Mayor Lori Ackerman at the Passive House in the Energetic City. 
In an interview with CJDC-TV, the Provincial Minister spoke to the recent BDC study of labour shortages in B.C..
He says although our economy is doing very well, one of the consequences of being successful is a labour shortage.
"What we're doing with the Minister of Advanced Education and Training is looking at training the people that industry needs and working with industry." Minister Ralston adds, "In the short-term, there is an accelerated plan to train people to get them in to the industries that are anxious and require new people."
The Minister expands by saying that over the long-term, the government is trying to attract more people within Canada to come to B.C and welcoming newcomers within selected occupations.
Another important topic for the area is the Site C project. 
Minister Ralston says the dam is an important part of the province's energy plan.
"I know it is a major employment creator here and the government has decided that the project will go forward, so there will be continued employment at the site over the years to come."
Minister Ralston explains Site C has the opportunity to create a source of clean energy for the long-term, which would increase the province's global competitive advantage of a low-carbon economy.
The Minister says he enjoys coming to the region, as it's an important part of the B.C. economy.

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