Province has a plan to help mill: Dunderdale

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks to members of the media in the premier’s office at the Sir Richard Squires Building in Corner Brook on Wednesday. Also pictured are Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall and Health Minister Susan Sullivan. — Photo by Diane Crocker/The Western Star

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall said Wednesday that the province is prepared to help Corner Brook Pulp and Paper continue to operate.

First, though, the company and its unions need to settle their issues.

Dunderdale and Marshall spoke about the mill at the Sir Richard Squires Building in Corner Brook, where the premier and her cabinet members had been meeting for two days.

Dunderdale said the province has been in discussions with Kruger, the mill’s parent company, and is getting to a place where it feels more comfortable.

“Given the state of pulp and paper in the world, we’re far from being in a place where you could relax and say the future is assured,” the premier said.

She said if the company and its workers are able to resolve their issues, the province will be in a place where it has a plan and agreement with Kruger.

“We have gone to them and we have said that we’re prepared to help,” added Marshall.

“We’ve made proposals and we’ve had very fruitful discussions, but they still have some work to do.”

Marshall said Kruger indicated some time ago that it has to make a determination whether it’s viable to continue operating the mill and, after the discussions that have been held, the province is cautiously optimistic the company and workers will come to an agreement.

Marshall and members of his staff last met with company owner Joe Kruger and members of his senior executive in Montreal this past Friday.

Dunderdale said the province now has to await the outcome of the negotiations with workers. If the sides are able to successfully conclude negotiations, she said they won’t have to wait on the province.

“We have a plan in place where we can all move forward,” she said.

Dunderdale would not comment on what the province would like to see from the company and workers, saying that is part of contract negotiations and it would not be appropriate for the province to get involved or to interfere in that process.

She also wouldn’t say anything about what the province’s plan includes.

“We’re going to show you when all things fall in place and all things come together the kinds of arrangements that we have put in place,” said the premier.

“People will not find them difficult to support.”

 

The Western Star

Organizations: Kruger, Sir Richard Squires Building

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Montreal, Western Star

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  • lonenewfwolf
    February 24, 2013 - 16:36

    All you need to do is look what the NDP are up to in NS with Emera around biomass and energy production to see what Kruger Energy has in store for the west coast. They are not interested in pulp, they are interested in the water and the wood fibre for energy production. With the HVDC line from NS and their FSC certification we are looking at a whole new era in NL as far as both energy & forestry go. Get ready for it cause it's comin'. Keep a close eye on DL Power as well, they may be considering that dam private property especially after the Abitibi expropriation and resulting NAFTA case granted water rights. I hear you need ALOT of WATER for fracking and with a pipeline hooked into that reservoir you could sure frack alot of wells.

  • woodsman
    February 24, 2013 - 10:31

    The "Plan", could be FREE wood that will be cut for Muskrat Falls, ( 430,000 cubic metres). Problem is; this will disrupt Sawmills on the island, who rely on kruger to take their Pulpwood.

  • dave
    February 24, 2013 - 10:08

    government stay out of private buisness. Put the bail out money for kruger into our desperately needed new Hospital. It will create more pernment jobs and less pollution..

    • a business man
      February 26, 2013 - 22:51

      Great Post! Hopefully, the cornerbrook mills closes down for good in the near future. That way, the government cannot give them any more money, and it becomes more likely for the money to be used on the hospital. The sooner the cornerbrook mill dies, the better. Sure, a few hundred or a few thousand people will be completely financially ruined, but a few hundred thousand people will be better off.

  • Suspicious
    February 22, 2013 - 03:47

    This government is so naive.

  • John Peddle
    February 22, 2013 - 00:40

    I guess this is one way to cover up the renovations to her office and the fact that she has ruined the Newfoundland economy that Danny Williams worked so hard to improve. it's time for Cathy Dunderdale to step down an beg Danny Williams to come back and rescue the economy.

  • Joe Bennett
    February 21, 2013 - 12:18

    I wonder do Dunderdale want to keep this mill open until Muskrat Falls is complete, otherwise, Deer Lake Power would come on the grid and that would make Muskrat Falls less attractive. The power that's generated at Deer Lake would be more than enough to take the place of any shortfall this island requires.

  • corrupt to the bone
    February 21, 2013 - 10:56

    no taxpayers money to help kruger, taxpayers are already on the hook for the abitibi-bowater screwup so we don't need these clowns OOPS ! i mean politicians sticking their nose into kruger. this government under dunderdale wouldn't run a lemonade stand, let alone a province.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    February 21, 2013 - 09:54

    Joe Kruger must be rubbing his hands together over this one. Either he receives government money to attempt to keep the mill open, or he will receive another mountain of money when the mill closes and the provincial government expropriates to get access to Deer Lake Power and the timber rights. Now that is what I call a win-win situation ... for Joe Kruger!

  • david
    February 21, 2013 - 08:44

    Dunderdale has a plan to suspend economic reality ----- on yet ANOTHER Newfoundland front ----- at the enormous expense of taxpayers, long enough to get to get re-elected. It's all about public service, folks.

  • Picture Perfect
    February 21, 2013 - 08:36

    Is Minister of the Clown Marshall confused as hell? or, is he just holding his breath?

  • Scott Free
    February 21, 2013 - 08:35

    Ah, I remember the last time Dunderdale and Little Man Dan dabbled into helping a paper mill....millions and millions of dollars ago and more to come!

  • Nuts
    February 21, 2013 - 08:19

    It's not a good sign that the government had to go to Montreal to meet with Kruger. If Kruger needed help to keep the mill open then they would have come here. It looks like there is no long term plan for the mill.

  • Spin Mill
    February 21, 2013 - 08:17

    I thunk we were only subsidizing the mill until muskrat was passed. How dis engaging!

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 21, 2013 - 06:44

    "She also wouldn’t say anything about what the province’s plan includes." i.e Giving Joe Kruger our tax dollars.

  • Cold Future
    February 21, 2013 - 06:42

    Government should never use taxpayers money to prop up private enterprise. Let it go the way of Abitibi if it must. We hope that the assets like hydropower comes back to the people - no more bungled expropriations and buying up environmental liabilities.