17 August 2006
Jericho Mine, Nunavut
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today praised the efforts of Northerners aimed at building a new economy capable of creating new opportunities for their citizens. His remarks were part of a ceremony marking the opening of Nunavut’s first diamond mine.
Speaking of the importance of the mine for the local economy, he noted, "This new mine represents a big step forward for Nunavut – since it will create more jobs, spur development and provide greater opportunities for the citizens of this Territory."
The Jericho Mine facility has already created 180 jobs in the region – and more are expected once it becomes fully operational. As well, it should firmly establish Canada as a major force in the industry – with our country ranked third in terms of diamond production around the world.
In closing, the Prime Minister said, "This is success Canada’s New Government wishes to encourage. We are determined to work with the citizens of Nunavut to foster economic growth, create jobs and generate new wealth, just as we are in every part of our great country."