Dear Michael Moore: Please help, signed Niki Ashton, Thompson
January 21st, 2011 - 4:59pm
Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, 12:05 am by Sonya Bell
Niki Ashton wants Michael Moore’s help to put Thompson, Manitoba, on the map.
The NDP MP for Churchill sent a letter and video to Moore on Thursday detailing the closure of Thompson’s smelter and refinery, which was announced in November by Vale, its Brazilian owner.
“I know Flint, Michigan, because of Michael Moore’s movie,” she said. “What we’re hoping is that he’ll help us share our story.”
Moore encourages people to submit their stories on his website. ”Many of us here at home know of the great work you do to profile the struggles of working people,” the letter reads. “The way you have shared so many stories and created such an impact inspired us to share our story.”
Ashton hopes Moore will watch and repost the video, maybe he’ll even send a letter of support or make a public appearance. The dispatch to Moore is Ashton’s latest move in a modern campaign to draw attention to the closure, which will cost 500 to 600 jobs to the area 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
“We’re not positioned near a large urban centre,” she said. “It’s about using the tools at our disposal. Using multimedia, using YouTube.”
The video, available online, was put together by a young team led by her office.
“The video echoes the messages put forward by Michael Moore, that communities must be heard and that there must be justice,” she said.
Vale plans to phase out the Thompson plant during the next five years.
The move will devastate the region, Ashton says. ”We need Canadians to join up with us. And, quite frankly, more than just Canadians, to call on our government.”