Cheap oil brings opportunities, B.C. Premier tells truck loggers

B.C. Premier Christy Clark address the Truck Loggers Association yesterday.VICTORIA, B.C. – When layoffs hit Alberta oil workers, B.C. Premier Christy Clark wants them to know there is a place for them in British Columbia.

Addressing a roomful of truckers at the annual Truck Loggers Association convention yesterday, Clark said B.C. needs plenty of skilled workers for other industries, including liquefied natural gas, forestry, mining, and construction.

“Many workers from the oil sands who came from British Columbia will now be looking for work, so my call to them is come home,” said Clark. “Come home, come home to your province where you were born and you want to raise your children.”

The premier said the B.C. government is considering placing billboard advertisements at the airport in Fort McMurray, Alta., calling former B.C. residents to return home for jobs.

The theme for the 72nd TLA Convention and Trade Show is “Investing From The Ground Up.”

This morning, B.C.’s Minister of Forests Steve Thomson was scheduled to address the convention at his fourth Minister of Forests breakfast meeting. He was scheduled to provide an update on the coastal forest sector natural resource policy, and award this year’s TLA forestry education scholarships.


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