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Letter: Pessimists in this city are killing the economy

'Where is the Chamber of Commerce? Get off you asses and stand up for your city,' says letter writer
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Is Sudbury really open for business?

We lost the ferrochrome plant, because according to the developers, “they were not welcome in this community.” 

Thousands of jobs were lost. Thanks to Tom Fortin and his cohort, John Lindsay, we will most likely lose the Kingsway project and thousands of more jobs will be lost, if we do.

We are becoming known across Canada that investors are not welcome in the Greater Sudbury area.

Let’s not create the same atmosphere for future development in our city. Multinational companies will not invest in a community if they’re not welcome. 

OLG has made a commitment to establish at the Kingsway Entertainment District, and letters of intent have been received from hotel chains. Let’s be effusive and show investors that Sudbury is open for business.

The Kingsway Entertainment District will create employment for hundreds of people, while making Sudbury attractive for tourists to travel as a place of interest and entertainment.

Where is the silent majority? Speak out for Sudbury. If you don’t, we will never see our economy improve and new jobs created. Sudbury has a brain drain. Our youth are educated here and find employment and future careers elsewhere.

A survey taken some time ago demonstrated that two-thirds of those surveyed, in the community, supported the ferrochrome plant, as well as the Kingsway Entertainment District.

Where are the unions in all this debacle? There are hundreds of potential jobs involved and hundreds of potential union members.

Where is the Chamber of Commerce? Get off you asses and stand up for your city. Don’t be intimidated by people like Fortin and Lindsay.

Think of our youth who must leave town to seek employment in other communities.

When nickel was discovered a century ago, Mond Nickel would not have been created, if the investors of that period had such a pessimistic and lackadaisical disposition which our local business people have today.  Sudbury would still be a railway town. 

Remember: Sudbury is no longer the downtown — We are the Greater Sudbury area.

Let’s get out of this small mindset and wake up and face reality. Let’s be optimistic. The people of Timmins are, and they will probably get the ferrochrome plant and the thousands of jobs that it will create.

We were the capital of the North once. We have since become blockheads and boneheads to investors across Canada.

Tony Sottile
Sudbury




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