MONTREAL, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Dave Coles was acclaimed as president of
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada at its convention
in Montreal this week. Gaétan Ménard, was acclaimed as CEP
Secretary-Treasurer, Peter Murdoch as Vice-President Media, and Michel Ouimet
as Executive Vice-President, Quebec.
Mr. Coles told delegates that he intends to work with the NDP and the
Bloc Québécois to get the ear of federal government decision-makers, including
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "There are critical problems with our economic
system that need to be addressed, he said. "Privatization, de-regulation, and
the let-the-markets' rule premise that our capitalist system was built on is
proving to be a giant hoax."
The convention passed an emergency resolution calling for "decisive
re-regulation of the financial sector, government supervision of banks and
other financial institutions and investment funds, through a regulatory and
ownership role." It also called for limits on executive compensation and stock
The nearly 1,000 delegates to the five-day convention, which ends today,
also resolved to continue to fight hard for government aid to resolve the
forest crisis, for energy security and for limits to foreign ownership of our
telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
Regional leaders of the 150,000-member union are: Ervan Cronk, Atlantic
Vice-President, Renaud Gagné, Québec Vice-President, Bob Huget, Ontario
Vice-President, and Jim Britton, Western Region Vice-President.
CEP is Canada's largest union in several key sectors of the economy:
forests, oil and gas exploration, telecommunications and the media.
For further information:
For further information: Dave Coles, CEP President, (613) 299-5628;
Michelle Walsh, CEP Communications, Director, (613) 858-9144