Letters: Polley mine at heart of economic lesson for B.C.

Dear Editor,

Now that our children have finally returned to school, I would like to offer them a lesson in B.C.’s economy that I hope will get them and all of us thinking about future career choices.

For workers in B.C., a job in mining exploration is a low-risk, high-return activity. The industry maintains world-leading health, safety, and environmental standards, and the environmental review processes that govern whether a new mine can go ahead or not are stringent, fair, and science-based.

The $10 billion annual gross revenue of B.C.’s mining industry also provides a remarkable 300-to-1 return on investment for the government, based on the cost to the government to support the sector.

In short, mining and exploration are a revenue generator for B.C., and with public support, it will offer high-paying, long-term jobs for generations to come.

Any banker, financial adviser, or even high school student can see that these are numbers to pursue. So let’s keep finding ways to support the mining and exploration sector in B.C. so that our children can continue to choose this industry as a career, one that can support future families, our children, and our grandchildren!

Fred Reemeyer, Coquitlam

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