Federation of Labour supports East-West connections that keep refining
and upgrading jobs in Canada
EDMONTON, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Alberta Federation of Labour
President submitted final arguments to the National Energy Board in
favour of the Enbridge Line 9 Project today.
AFL president Gil McGowan said he supports Line 9 because it keeps
value-added jobs in Canada, and is good for the people of Alberta and
the people of Quebec. Line 9 will expand and reverse the flow of Line 9
and 9B, connecting the Synthetic Crude Oil coming from Alberta's
upgraders to refineries in Quebec.
"Line 9 connects Alberta's upgraders, and all the good-paying jobs that
go with them, to refineries in Quebec, where thousands of good jobs are
also at stake. It provides a market for synthetic crude, and keeps
value-added jobs in both our provinces," McGowan said. "Line 9 allows
Quebec refineries to stop importing higher-cost crude from Angola,
Nigeria, and Algeria, and instead allows them to buy Alberta's upgraded
products, which enhances Canadian energy security."
The AFL is a frequent intervener in National Energy Board pipeline
proceedings. The Federation has intervened against Keystone, Keystone
XL, Southern Lights, Alberta Clipper, and Northern Gateway, on the
grounds that these pipelines ship raw bitumen, and therefore
value-added jobs, down the pipeline to the United States or China. This
is the first time the Federation has intervened in favour of a pipeline
project at the National Energy Board.
The AFL represents 160,000 Alberta workers, including 25,000 in energy
and energy-related construction.
Contact the AFL for a copy its Final Written Argument, filed on October
SOURCE: Alberta Federation of Labour
For further information:
Gil McGowan, President at 780.218.9888
Olav Rokne, Communications Director, Alberta Federation of Labour at 780.289.6528 (cell) or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org