Labour leader urges voters to "choose hope over fear" when it comes to the oil sands



    AFL election forums on better choices for the oil sands continue in
    Edmonton today and Calgary tomorrow

    EDMONTON, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - In the final days of the provincial election
campaign, Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan is urging Alberta
voters to "choose hope over fear" when it comes to development in the oil
sands.
    "We've all heard the story about the little engine who could," says
McGowan. "Well, with Ed Stelmach, what we seem to have is the little premier
who can't. He says we can't take action on the pace of development in the oil
sands. We can't raise royalties. We can't demand that oil sands jobs stay here
in Alberta instead of being shipped down the pipeline to the U.S.
    "At exactly the moment that we need bold action and leadership on the oil
sands, we have a premier who has bought into the energy industry's scare
tactics and who, as a result, is paralyzed by fear."
    McGowan says Albertans deserve better and at the AFL election forums
tonight in Edmonton and tomorrow in Calgary, he will discuss ways that the
next Alberta government can get a better deal for Albertans - if they have the
vision and the political will.
    The centre piece of the AFL's election forums will be the AFL's new
document, "Black Gold, Clear Vision - a Proposed Policy Framework for the Oil
Sands," which is available on the AFL website homepage (www.afl.org).
    The Edmonton oil sands forum will be held tonight, Friday, February 29th,
at 7:30 p.m., in Salon A, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe.
    The Calgary forum will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 1st, at 7:30
p.m., in Grand Ball Room, Ramada Hotel Downtown.




For further information:

For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President, (780) 483-3021
(office) or (780) 218-9888 (cell)

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