Queens County’s Potential New Pulp Mill Ignites Economic Optimism

Statement from MP Rick Perkins on Paper Excellence Canada & Province of Nova Scotia settlement

The potential of a state-of-the-art, modern pulp mill is exciting news for Queens County and indeed all of Nova Scotia.

As the Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets, I have used every opportunity available to advocate for a new modern mill in Queens County.

Over the last year and a half, I have met with senior leadership at Northern Pulp/Paper Excellence to discuss expanding operations into the South Shore and coming to a county and community that would love to support their business.

I have made it consistently clear that I will fight for our traditional resources to take their rightful place in today’s modern economy. These are jobs of the future, and we must unabashedly harness the full potential of our traditional industries like fishing, farming, and forestry. A strong resource sector is vital for our economic future, and we must encourage our forest economy and the livelihoods and families it supports.

The commitment to explore the feasibility of a new mill in Queens County is a testament the resilience of our forestry industry and its workers and underscores its enduring importance in sustaining our province’s economic landscape. I look forward to the findings of this feasibility study and unlocking the promising opportunities a modern mill holds for the future of forestry in Nova Scotia.

Released to media May 24, 2024