Tensions appear to be rising between City Hall and the Provincial Government.
While commenting on the 2018 Financial Plan at the last regular meeting of Thompson City Council, Mayor Dennis Fenske said that Blaine Pedersen, the Provincial Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, would not meet with Mayor and Council to discuss the Mining Reserve Fund when he was in Thompson on April 30th.
Mayor Fenske said that they have not received any monetary commitment from the Province from the fund, despite facing the largest job loss in the mining industry since inception of the Mining Reserve Fund.
The Mining Reserve Fund was created to assist mining communities that are affected by partial or complete mine closures, and is funded by provincial mining tax revenues.
Fenske added that the City will continue to lobby the Province for assistance.