A public discussion was held in the town of Bienfait on Thursday to discuss the future of coal-fired power in Saskatchewan, and the rest of the country.
The meeting was hosted by Souris-Moose Mountain MP Robert Kitchen, who stated that the purpose of the evening was not for him to speak to the attendees, but to have the attendees speak to him, and to suggest ideas that could be useful in the argument of the importance of coal power in Canada.
Roughly 40 people were in attendance of the event.
Several members of the Bienfait community were in attendance, including Mayor Paul Carroll. Also in attendance was Estevan Mayor Roy Ludwig, Torquay Mayor Michael Strachan, and Jackie Wall, executive-director for the Estevan Chamber of Commerce.
Several attendees voiced their growing concerns over the possible loss of jobs throughout Saskatchewan if coal power is phased out. Another largely voiced concern, was the federal government’s disinterests in the idea of investing money into carbon capture technology, and continued development in the coal-fired power sector.
Next week’s Mercury will have more on the story.