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West Coast is not an island


It's time Prime Minister Helen Clark visited the West Coast if she believes the West Coast economic situation is no different to the Chatham Islands, says National MP David Carter.

"She and her Government are rubbing salt into wounds with these arrogant comments.

"Until this Labour Government, the West Coast was a crucial part of mainland New Zealand. It is one of our largest provinces with a population of 32,000 people.

"By comparison the Chatham Islands consists of a few isolated islands, 850 kms east of New Zealand with a population of just 740.

"Its nonsense to compare the Islands to the West Coast. If Miss Clark is that out of touch, it is time she paid a visit to the Coast.

"This Government has ruined the economy of the Coast by taking its major resource out of production. Its only solution is to make Coasters beneficiaries of the Government.

"How loud do the people of the West Coast have to shout so Miss Clark listens? The Coasters want jobs - not a handout, but this Government won't listen," says Mr Carter.

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