Mayor calls on government to provide incentives, saying there is “unlimited” potential for new mining development in Timmins.
The passion for mining that fuelled George Pirie’s rise through the ranks over 35 years in the industry was evident Thursday as the Timmins mayor addressed an audience of local prospectors and junior mining representatives.
Pirie was the final speaker at the investment conference held on the last day of the Big Event Canadian Mine Expo at the McIntyre Community Building. Many of those in the audience were individuals Pirie knew on a first-name basis from his experience in mining.
Pirie, currently in his first term as mayor, said one of the reasons he ran for office was that he felt he could “elevate the conversation” and be a strong advocate for the mining industry in this region.
“We’ve got economic resources to unlock in this area and we need to get the attention of the senior governments to do it,” said Pirie.
“Most of the 65 million ounces that were taken out of the ground here were taken out when it (gold) was 35 bucks an ounce. And if you start talking $2,000 an ounce, the potential is unlimited.
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