New Democrat MLAs say the province could become a world leader in pulp production, if the government would invest the $3.5 million. However, the technology is unproven and would not be a smart way to spend taxpayers' money, according to Pat Bell, Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister.
The new system reduces both power consumption and chemical waste, which would save companies money and allow mills to thrive, according to supporters of the project from the NDP camp. There had been a commitment of $10 million from the B.C. government when Catalyst paper mill in Port Alberni was negotiating about three years ago. That money was contingent on the federal government matching the funding, but those discussions failed.
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