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Liberals announce funding for retraining in Houston

The B.C. Liberals have announced funding to help retrain workers in Quesnel and Houston after recent mill closures but the NDP says it’s not enough.

Liberal MLA John Rustad was in Houston today saying $150,000 dollars will go to the Northwest Community College for new trades training programs.

“The initiative here of $150,000 will be particularly focused on trades training. Things like heavy duty equipment operating, millwrights, that type of work and it will be located in Houston.”

He announced the same funding for Quesnel yesterday.

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However NDP skills training critic, Doug Routley says the money is too little too late.

“After 10 long years of ignoring warnings about skill shortages…the government is finally putting tiny amounts back into a system that they have cut to the bone. If they really meant that they were going to put British Columbians at the head of the line for jobs in B.C. they would have made this investment some time ago.”

Rustad says this money is one part of the help that the province has been providing to Houston since they learned of the West Fraser mill closure months ago.

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