Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday November 23, 2005
Maple Leaf Says No To Hamilton
A Hamilton politician blames over-the-top rhetoric on the part of certain members of the community.
Councillor Terry Whitehead is expressing disappointment, following Maple Leaf Foods decision to withdraw its application to buy land in the Glanbrook Industrial Park.
The company issued a news release Tuesday morning, saying it feels there is sufficient but not strong government or community confidence in the process.
Mayor Larry Di Ianni suggests that the announcement could scare away even more potential investors, warning that businesses talk to businesses and this will do nothing to enhance Hamilton’s reputation.
Whitehead adds that the city loses the potential of more than 3-and-a-half million dollars in annual taxes, calling this one of the most disappointing points of his political career.
A public relations spokesperson with Maple Leaf, says the company will now take some time to consider other options for updating its Burlington pork processing plant.
Linda Kuhn confirms that could mean updating that aging facility, or looking at greenfield sites in other communities. (CHML)