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MacLeod, Orrell say job losses piling up in Cape Breton

March 23, 2016
For immediate release

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Progressive Conservative MLAs Alfie MacLeod and Eddie Orrell are disappointed and concerned about yet another business closure in the Sydney area.

Yesterday, Saputo Inc. announced it will close its Sydney plant in June, throwing even more people out of work in the region.

“It’s a very disappointing week. Right now, my thoughts are with those who are losing their jobs,” says MacLeod, the MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg. “We need a plan for jobs and growth in Cape Breton from the Liberal government.”

According to the most recent Statistics Canada report, the employment rate in Cape Breton is the lowest in the province at 40.8 per cent and the second lowest in the country after Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. Six thousand, six hundred people lost their jobs in the last year.

Orrell, the MLA for Northside-Westmount, says the news of more job losses is another blow to the region and our economy.

“It’s hard enough to find a job in industrial Cape Breton. These were good jobs. They are going to be very hard to replace,” says Orrell. “Nova Scotians can’t afford any more Liberal screw ups. We want to see a plan and a vision from the Liberals, focused on getting our economy going and helping people get jobs.”

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Background:

Regional Numbers: Statistics Canada. Table 282-0122 – Labour force survey estimates (LFS), by provinces and economic regions based on 2011 Census boundaries, 3-month moving average, unadjusted for seasonality, monthly (persons unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database). (accessed March 11, 2016)