Local Liberal and Conservative candidates comment on the closure of the Fort Nelson's mill

Liberal and Conservative candidates for the Prince George-Peace River riding both say their parties have set aside funding to deal with job losses in the forestry sector.

In regards to yesterday’s announcement that the Takama Mill in Fort Nelson would close at the end of October, Conservative Jay Hill called the news "devastating" for a community that worked so hard to keep their mill open. Hill said his government’s contributions to a trust fund for each province would help laid-off workers find other options.

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In contrast, Liberal Candidate Lindsay Gidney says westerners are tired of seeing aid packages always being doled out eastward, and his party would take a lead role in immediate action to specifically help the ailing forestry sector here.

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All four candidates face off for their final debate tonight in McBride.