OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The president of Canada's largest energy
workers' union said he is proud and very relieved at today's
announcement by President Obama that a decision on construction of the
Keystone XL pipeline would be delayed until after the U.S. election.
"We have stepped back from the abyss," says Dave Coles, president of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, which has
lobbied in federal court, at the National Energy Board and on
Parliament Hill for several years to stop the 'jobs-killer' pipeline.
"Good for Obama for not caving in to the big business interests," says
Coles. "Prime Minister Stephen Harper should take a page from his book,
he adds, noting that while the the U.S. debate and regulatory process
over XL dealt with jobs and environment, neither were given any serious
attention by Canada's federal government or the NEB. The development
model was flawed from the outset and given approval without due
"This now gives us time to rethink this model of development because the
'Keystone approach' to developing Canada's bitumen sands at such a
rapid pace was and is completely unsustainable."
Coles also said he is very proud of Canada's environmentalist, First
Nations' and other labour groups that have worked with CEP, such as the
Alberta Federation of Labour. They are all to be congratulated for
keeping up the pressure against this pipeline.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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