It was only a matter of time. Trying to profit from misfortune is as old as time itself. There are folks in the Miramichi that want to put direct flights from the Miramichi airport to Fort McMurray.
I wonder if these people understand that if they make it even easier for people to fly out to Alberta for work that more people will likely do it?
I also wonder if they understand the mid and longer term impacts of separating families for weeks and months at a time?
I wonder if they realize that in the long term, many people are just going to end up moving out there anyway.
I realize that there are mayors in Ontario proposing the same thing. I guess it is a “better than nothing” approach to economic development.
From a provincial perspective, we would be better off if they would start talking about putting a bus from the Miramichi to Saint John every day for the guys/gals that have the skills to work on these larger construction projects. Or even a bus from the Miramichi to Moncton every day (shades of Francis McGuire?).
Or better yet, why not try some serious economic development effort in the Chi?