Stephen Harper announced that the federal government will create 550 new jobs for Miramichi, assuring the community that any jobs that could be killed with the possible abolishment of the long-gun registry will be replaced. He said that the federal government is planning to spend $298 million over the next six years to consolidate the payroll system for civil servants, which would be centralized at a new centre in Miramichi. “I said the first time I was here that any jobs that were lost in the firearms centre, we would make sure there was federal employment for them here,” Harper said. “Today we have done what we promised.” Locals in the region would be recruited and trained to work at the centre. This announcement comes weeks before Parliament is set to resume debate of a Conservative private member’s bill that would kill the registry, if passed. All registration and licensing requests for restricted and non-restricted
firearms across Canada are currently processed at a Miramichi facility, which employs about 240 people.
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