OTTAWA, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's 300,000 forestry workers and
their families are facing the most severe crisis since the Great Depression.
"The Conservative Party has given us nothing but rumours of help, and
phantom promises." says Dave Coles, President of the Communication Energy and
Paperworkers Union (CEP), which represents 60,000 forestry workers.
"If it takes an election to save our jobs and our families and our
communities, then let there be an election.
"CEP Secretary Treasurer Gaetan Menard is scheduled to meet with Denis
Coderre, Michael Ignatieff's Quebec lieutenant, on Tuesday, June 16, to
address the deepening crisis in the industry. At that meeting Menard will urge
Coderre and the Liberal caucus to bring down the government if there is no
clear support for the forestry industry.
Last week CEP President Dave Coles, and a CEP delegation, met with
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Revenue Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn, as a
direct result of sit ins by CEP members of seven Conservative MPs offices.
Flaherty promised to study their position and get back to them. There has been
no news from Flaherty.
Four thousand forestry workers from across Canada marched on the Prime
Minister's Office on June 2, in an attempt to awaken the Conservative party to
the industry's peril.
The scale of the danger is demonstrated by the 55,000 forestry jobs lost
in the last two years.
There are 300 forestry dependent towns in Canada, of which 270 are at
"Forestry is a sun rise industry, a renewable resource, an industry that
forms the backbone of the Canadian landscape. If Stephen Harper and his
government think they can side step their responsibility to us and our
families, then they need another wake up call." says Gaetan Menard, CEP
For further information:
For further information: Dave Coles, CEP President, (613) 299-5629 cell;
Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary Treasurer, (819) 775-6980 cell