Hundreds rally to keep Northern Pulp mill running –

Hundreds rally to keep Northern Pulp mill running –

by ahnationtalk on December 19, 2019413 Views


They came by bus, they came by logging truck and they came by car.

Most of the 700 or so people who huddled in freezing temperatures along Granville Street in Halifax on Thursday morning came by an honest and sometimes lifelong commitment to Nova Scotia’s forest industry.

“We’re in a hell of a mess here and we need some leadership,” said Richard Freeman, the man at the helm of Freeman Lumber in Greenfield, Queens County, one of the oldest family-run sawmills in North America.

Addressing the crowd at Province House that rallied to try to convince Premier Stephen McNeil to extend the Boat Harbour Act deadline and keep the Northern Pulp mill running, Freeman spoke of the 11,500 Nova Scotians working in the forestry industry.

“These are people who want to be in Nova Scotia,” Freeman said. “They didn’t bugger off to Alberta, damn it. They have the same aspirations that everybody has in this province. They want to feed their families, they want to clothe their families, they want a solid roof over their heads, they want to educate their people and they want to protect their communities.

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