TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Furious over today's mass arrests on
Parliament Hill, OFL President Sid Ryan is calling on Ontario unions to
make opposition to the XL Pipeline a priority and to pressure their MPs
to do the same in the House of Commons.
Opposition has been dramatically building in the U.S. and Canada but
Prime Minister Harper continues to promote the Alberta Tarsands and the
massive bitumen exports to the U.S.
CEP President Dave Coles, a leading national spokesperson on pipeline
issues, was one of the first of approximately 200 to be arrested today
for a peaceful act of conscience.
"Canadian jobs in upgrading and refining will literally go down the pipe
to the U.S. with the 900,000 barrels of unrefined bitumen. Meanwhile,
Canadian refineries are closing. We need an energy strategy in this
country that deals with the issues of jobs, sustainability, and
Canada's energy security," says Coles, noting that most of Eastern
Canada relies on imported foreign oil.
Sponsors of today's actions include the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace
and the Canada Indigenous Environmental Network all of which are
warning the public of the potentially devastating consequences for
First Nations communities and for the air, land, water.
"Today's actions on Parliament Hill should be a signal to Prime Minister
Harper about the lengths Canadians will go to in order to preserve the
integrity of the country and aspirations of its citizens. The labour
movement applauds the CEP President's actions today as well as the many
others who have demonstrated the urgency of the issue," says Ryan.
The 130,000-members CEP represents more than 35,000 workers in the oil,
gas and chemical industry in Ontario, Alberta and several other
provinces. The OFL represents one million workers and 54 unions.
SOURCE Ontario Federation of Labour
For further information:
Sid Ryan, OFL President, (416-209-0066 (mobile)
Lynn Simmons, OFL Communications, 416-668-7480 (mobile)
www.OFL.ca www.Twitter.com/OntarioLabour www.Facebook.com/OntarioFedLabour