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Jackson says he feels vindicated after slaughterhouse opposition

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Tom Jackson says he feels vindicated in his opposition to Maple Leaf’s slaughterhouse plant when it was proposed in 2005.

He said he endured harsh criticism from people who thought the move would scare away big business from setting up shop in the city, but it hasn’t turned out that way.

In fact, said the Ward 6 (east Mountain) councillor, Maple Leaf has set up two new operations in Hamilton despite those fears it would never look at the city again.

He said the slaughterhouse plan wasn’’t a good fit, given potential for odour drifting across residential areas.

“I feel some gratification and vindication with (last week’s Maple Leaf) announcement,” he said.

“I stand by what I did now,” he said, “and I’m just so pleased with the good fits that have come and will continue to come to Hamilton and in particular that area.”

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