OTTAWA, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - Canada's major oil sector union has called for the resignation of
Conservative Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis over his
remarks promoting Canadian bitumen exports to US businessmen because it
will creates hundreds of thousands of jobs for Americans.
"Mr. Paradis clearly fails to understand his responsibility to Canadians
and Quebecois. His job is to ensure that our natural resources create
jobs for Canadians, not Americans," says Dave Coles, president of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
"The Conservative government has ignored our arguments for five years
that the export of raw bitumen also exported thousands of jobs to the
United States, and now we find that Conservative ministers were in the
United States making the same argument to get American support for the
"All this was taking place at the same time as Shell was closing its
Montreal refinery in order to import gasoline from Europe. The La Presse report reveals the spectacle of a Quebec minister telling Americans
that our resources will create jobs for them, while refineries are
closing in Quebec and Quebecers are forced to rely on imported
"Mr. Paradis has no credibility as Natural Resources minister. He should
Coles was reacting to a La Presse report based on freedom of information disclosures that Paradis told
Illinois businessmen last summer that the XL bitumen pipeline would
create 342,000 jobs in the United States.
CEP has opposed raw bitumen exports and has consistently called on the
Canadian government to require oil sands producers to upgrade bitumen
CEP has also argued that the closure of Shell's Montreal refinery is a
result of the failure of the Canadian government to require that
Alberta bitumen and synthetic oil be made available to Eastern Canada
for upgrading and refining.
SOURCE Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
For further information: For further information:
Dave Coles, 613 299-5628
Click here: http://www.cep.ca/action/campaigns/energy-security