OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - In stark contrast with the Conservative
Party's feeble defence of the forest industry yesterday, Newfoundland and
Labrador Premier Danny Williams' has captured the flag from the oil patch.
Dave Coles, whose union represents 420 Hiburnia workers takes his hat off
to the Premier:
"Joy to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador for having a leader like
Danny Williams. The ten per cent equity stake he negotiated for Hiburnia
South shows up the Conservative party in places such as Alberta, where
they virtually give black gold away. Williams' tenacity gives the worker
and their families a more secure future."
This deal reveals desperation in the oil patch. The US Energy Information
Administration, which keeps track of world oil supplies, says "peak oil" will
arrive much faster than anybody anticipated. China is becoming an oil guzzler,
and may soon surpass the United States in oil consumption. Briefly put, the
world is running out of oil.
That gives Newfoundland and Labrador, and other places enriched with oil
and natural gas, enormous bargaining power.
Coles points out: "Few governments of resource and energy rich
jurisdictions are prepared to use their power in the way Williams did for
Newfoundland and Labrador.The CEP salutes Williams for standing up to Big Oil
and giving us all some good news in these dark times."
Yesterday's weak announcement by Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt
didn't save Fraser Paper from going under Bankrupcy Protection today, putting
their mills in Thurso, QC and Bathurst, NB at severe risk.
The CEP is still calling on the Conservatives to provide loan guarantees
to viable mills, protect forestry workers pensions in cases where their
employers face bankrupcy,and level the playing field with the US pulp and
Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers
Union of Canada (CEP)613 299 5628 cell
For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628; Gaétan Ménard (613)
230-5800, ext. 265, (819) 775-6980 (cell)