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New Brunswick premier says impact from loss of 420 jobs at lead smelter is huge

The smelter in Belledune is closing its doors by year-end and many of the 420 impacted workers are left in the dark. As Callum Smith reports, the village’s mayor says more work is needed to keep the northern region sustainable.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says the closure of the Brunswick Lead Smelter in Belledune and the loss of 420 jobs will have a huge impact on the community.

Higgs, who met with officials of Glencore Canada Corp. on Wednesday, says his government will continue to work with the company to help the affected workers and their families.

READ MORE: Glencore to close Brunswick Lead Smelter in Belledune, N.B., cut 420 jobs

Glencore officials say the smelter has been losing money since the closure of the Brunswick Mine in 2013.

Higgs says northern New Brunswick has been hit hard since the 2008 recession.

He says his government is trying to build a province that is resilient to the impacts of world economics, so much work needs to be done.

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Glencore to close Brunswick Lead Smelter in Belledune, N.B.
Glencore to close Brunswick Lead Smelter in Belledune, N.B.

He says the government is looking at all options to help Belledune, including a possible iron smelter.