Last week, we exclusively told you the Campbell administration is apparently supporting a controversial plan to staff a proposed underground coal mine with workers from China. Speaking on Public Eye Radio yesterday morning, British Columbia Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair said that support is partially explained by the fact the provincial government wants "to get more economic development in certain areas." That being said though, Mr. Sinclair added, "When companies yell at this government, they jump. It doesn't matter whether it's changing the rules for forest companies or changing the rules for mining companies. Whatever it is, they are more interested in making sure Howe Street and those guys are happier than workers." Which is why, according to Mr. Sinclair, then Minister of State for Mining Bill Bennett spoke to the federal government about the mine's staffing plans.
July 23, 2007