Communities Welcome Change of Leadership at Ridley Terminals

    PRINCE RUPERT, BC, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Communities across central and
northern BC welcome the change in leadership at Ridley Terminals and look
forward to a new era of cooperation between Ridley Terminals, resource
industries and communities across Western Canada.
    Ridley Terminals is a key asset of Canada's 'Northern Gateway' port
infrastructure. The terminal and deepwater port berths have the potential to
dramatically expand Western Canada's resource industry shipments of coal, wood
pellets, sulphur and other bulk products to the world. We welcome a new board
chair who will work to enable industry investment, while still retaining the
port as a public asset. In turn, this will stabilize and grow the economies of
many resource dependent communities. Through this important transportation
infrastructure link, the economies of rural resource communities will be
    Karen Goodings, President of the North Central Municipal Association,
noted that "We were heartened by the quick response from Minister Stockwell
Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
and Senior Regional Minister of British Columbia, to the concerns of regional
community leaders. He responded to us that "Ridley Terminals is clearly a
driving force based on its involvement with 30 communities and 350,000 people
in BC," and confirmed that "Ridley Terminals is a public asset."
    "We know that Members of Parliament in this government, like Ministers
Hill and Merrifield, who are from resource dependent rural communities in
Western Canada, understand how critical it is to have a strong culture of
co-operation and a positive investment climate for industry," said Mayor Evan
Saugstad of Chetwynd, Vice Chair of the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
    Ridley Terminals is a public asset that moves the resources that drive
our economy to the world. Central and northern BC is the growth engine of BC's
economy producing two thirds of our provincial exports. Industries based in
our communities that depend on the Port of Prince Rupert and Ridley Terminals
are key to our economic future.
    The region is positioned well to come out of this recession with a
diversified resource base and the most efficient and least congested public
port system in western North America. Community leaders feel a publicly
operated Ridley Terminals is critical to their vision of northern economic

    About the Northern Development Initiative Trust

    Northern Development Initiative Trust is an independent regional economic
development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job
creation in central and northern British Columbia. Over $50 million in funding
has been committed to 353 projects with a total project value of over $335
    For information on funding programs and economic development in central
and northern British Columbia, visit:

    About the North Central Municipal Association

    The North Central Municipal Association is an association of local
governments whose mission is to address issues and to move forward initiatives
for the benefit of its members.
    For information on the North Central Municipal Association, visit:

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For further information: Media Contact: Evan Saugstad, Mayor, District
of Chetwynd, and Vice Chair, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Phone:
(250) 401-4102, (250) 788-5572 (cell), Email:

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