History of Canadian Gas Association Enters Collection of Library of Parliament



    OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gas Association's (CGA)
commemorative book: Fuelling Progress: A History of the Canadian Gas
Association was presented by Michael Cleland, President and CEO of the CGA, to
the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources at a ceremony today.
William Young, Parliamentary Librarian accepted the book on behalf of the
Library of Parliament. The book was commissioned by the CGA to mark its
centennial; it recounts the history of the CGA and the natural gas industry in
Canada.
    "CGA is proud to have such a rich and diverse history in Canada," said
Mr. Cleland. "Fuelling Progress is a meaningful way to share the history of
the natural gas industry with all Canadians."
    "Natural gas is an important part of Canada's energy mix," said Minister
Lunn. "This book is an ideal research tool and provides a glimpse into
Canada's history and the role that natural gas has played in shaping our
country."
    The book seeks to place the history of the CGA into the larger context of
Canadian society. It connects the industry to the everyday life of Canadians.
It tells the story of the people, events and developments that impacted not
only the industry's evolution but our very way of life, from gas lamps of the
1830s, to the 1970s era of cooking with gas, to today's focus on clean energy.
    "I think that anyone who is interested in social, economic, or business
history and energy policy will enjoy reading this book," says Dr. Tim
Krywulak, author of Fuelling Progress and a professor in the Department of
History at Carleton University. "Fuelling Progress will take readers through
important turning points such as the advent of manufactured gas in the late
19th century, to Western expansion in the early 20th century, to post-war
modernization, and even into the future of the resource."
    Natural gas development has been a central influence on Canada's economic
growth. The resource meets 31 percent of Canada's total energy demand and
employs over 50,000 Canadians. Natural gas is the main source of heating for
48 percent of Canadian homes.
    To ensure all Canadians have an opportunity to enjoy this book and make
use of it as a research tool, the CGA Board of Directors has placed a
complimentary copy of this 250-page hardcover book in every university,
college and public library in Canada.

    Canadian Gas Association (CGA)

    Founded in 1907, the CGA is the voice of Canada's natural gas delivery
industry. The association is made up of roughly 200 companies, organizations
and individuals who are involved in the delivery of natural gas in Canada and
the United States. CGA members are typically local gas distribution companies
from coast to coast, transmission companies, related equipment manufacturers,
and other service providers. Together, CGA members combine to deliver safe,
reliable and environmentally preferred natural gas to more than 6 million
customers in Canada and to major markets in the United States.






For further information:

For further information: Paula Dunlop, Director, Communications and
Environment, Canadian Gas Association, (613) 748-0057 ext. 341,
pdunlop@cga.ca; Tanja Vick, NATIONAL Public Relations, (403) 531-0331,
tvick@national.ca; Ghyslain Charron, Media Relations, Natural Resources
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 992-4447; Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of
Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa,
(613) 996-2007; Nancy Kukurudz, Communications Officer, Office of the
Parliamentary Librarian, Library of Parliament, (613) 943-6730


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