45 minutes I will never get back.
As I feared, people here have not gotten past the need to fight against and complain the closure of AGS. At one point one speaker referred to the Minister as a moron, a thief, a liar, and a murderer ("you have murdered this town"). That was about the low point of the dialogue--and a later speaker apologized for those comments--but really, what is gained by this, other than a release of anger.
My only hope is that the earlier meeting with Town Council and the business community was more fruitful because I am not sure it did any good to have 2 cabinet ministers come and hear the exact same things people have been saying all along.
At the same time, I think that the Town needs to take ownership of the planning mistake they made. Surely it would have been prudent to have spent some of the time since a government was elected promising to close AGS working on what to do to replace those jobs. Instead all the eggs went into the basket labelled 'Stop the CLosure'.
Update: Here is a story posted by a Thunder Bay media outlet who was covering the meeting.