November 6th, 2018
On Monday evening, I was notified by Nutrien that they would be permanently ending operations at the Picadilly Mine Site at a meeting with MLA Bruce Northrup, Mayor Marc Thorne, and representatives from Nutrien.
We learned in this meeting that because of the market price, supply, and forecast it is no longer economical for Nutrien to pursue their operations at the Picadilly Mine.
Since the mine was put into care and maintenance in 2016, approximately 34 employees have remained on site. My understanding from Monday’s meeting is that these employees will continue to be employed for at least one year as the activities related to the mine closure take place.
While this is disappointing news, much work has been done since 2016 to identify our regions strengths and opportunities. A strategic plan has been developed with support from ACOA, the Province of New Brunswick, and the Town of Sussex with leadership from the Sussex Chamber of Commerce. This report has identified three main pillars which we will continue to focus on as we move forward: Agriculture and Agri-Food Processing, Culture and Tourism, and Geothermal Energy.
With the closure of the mine finalized, we can now move forward with more certainty. In my capacity as Member of Parliament, I remain committed to continuing my work with my counterparts MLA Bruce Northrup as well as local Mayors and Councils to seek out new economic development opportunities so that we continue to be a vibrant community with opportunities for our youth to work and live here at home.
My foremost thoughts are with the families who are again facing uncertainty due to this business decision. If my office can be of assistance, please feel free to contact us at 506-832-4200.