Brad Chislett says his dad was passionate about province, continued to enjoy the outdoors
As the Newfoundland legislature paid homage Monday to a mining pioneer who died last week of cancer, the man who called Al Chislett dad said he will miss the adventures and the conversation.
“My father was my best friend. I grew up idolizing him as a child because he was such a self-reliant man,” Brad Chislett told CBC Television’s Here & Now.
“As an adult we got to know each other very personally, working together as business partners, going on a lot adventures together, exploring Labrador, Newfoundland and travelling across the world. I’m just going to miss his company.”
Chislett was one of two prospectors who found the Voisey’s Bay nickel deposit in Labrador in 1993, a discovery that led to a mine, 35,000 person years of employment, and mineral production worth $15 billion.
“Al Chislett was self-reliant man and a visionary whose entrepreneurial spirit improved and enhanced the mining industry in our province,” is how Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady described him in her statement to the House of Assembly. “It put us on the map when it comes to the mining industry,” said Brad Chislett.
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