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Union says Jobs Minister is "cheerleader" for company importing Chinese miners to Tumbler Ridge

Hundred of Chinese nationals could come to B.C. in the coming years as more mines are developed.
The Murray River coalmine project southwest of Tumbler Ridge is attracting controversy for plans to import 200 Chinese workers to fill jobs. The companies backing the mines say there aren't enough Canadian workers with the skills and experience needed to work underground, and in an interview on B.C. Almanac yesterday, Minister of Jobs Pat Bell said "While we are very good at large, open pit mines, we are not very good at underground coal mines."

Stephen Hunt disagrees. He's the Western Canada Director for the United Steelworkers, and he told Leisha Grebinski that Canada is a leader in mining techniques and safety, and accused Bell of simply being a cheerleader for the companies.

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