Cape Breton-Canso MP Rodger Cuzner said when he thinks of emergencies, he thinks of the need for jobs with the child poverty rates of 34.5 per cent in the federal riding of Sydney-Victoria and 24.4 per cent in the federal riding of Cape Breton-Canso.
"Not to be trite but I would think if that doesn't lend itself to be viewed as some sort of national emergency, I don't know what does."
In a recent story in the Cape Breton Post, the Margaree Environmental Association has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reserve the Donkin mine coal seam in the ground unless an emergency situation deems it necessary to be mined.
The association also says most Nova Scotians and Cape Bretoners don't want a return to coal mining and would prefer to see green energy options developed.
Cuzner said if there's opposition to the Donkin mine opening, he hasn't come across it in his travels.
"I'd go beyond saying the local community is OK with developing Donkin — I'd say they are very excited that the project is moving ahead."
Cuzner said the best way to help people strugging is to provide jobs.
"We have to grow the number of jobs that we have here locally so there's a great deal of excitement around Donkin and the fact they've called for resumés and have ramped up their hiring. There's a buzz in the community."
Cuzner said the benefit of mining jobs cascade out in the community at about a four to…
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