Hon. Ed Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):
Mr. Speaker, I repeat that it is for Union Carbide to make a decision whether to close its operations for very sound business reasons. We have had discussions with the SGF shareholders with respect to their business intentions, but if
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Union Carbide does decide to shut down, no amount of money we would provide to Petromont would provide a market for its products. We have indicated to several of the companies that if they are willing to present us with sound, viable, economic business plans, we will consider financial assistance with respect to conversion and also, through the IRDR program, provide assistance to downstream companies should they be affected by a closure in the industry.
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