Progressive Contractors Association of Canada Welcomes Federal Approval of Northern Gateway Pipeline

Progressively unionized construction employers applaud federal government for approving a project that will create jobs and transform our economy

EDMONTON, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) welcomed today's approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline by the federal government.

Paul de Jong, President, issued the following statement in reaction to today's announcement:

"PCA supports the federal government's decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline, incorporating the 209 conditions outlined by the National Energy Board. PCA's member companies recognize the relationship between responsible development of our natural resources and Canada's future prosperity and security.

This project will have a positive impact on Canada's labour force and will create new skilled jobs each step of the way - jobs for making the equipment to build the pipeline, jobs for building the pipeline, and jobs to produce the oil that will flow through the pipeline.  It will also attract new investment in our energy and natural resources sector.

PCA supports the recommendations put in place by the National Energy Board and approved by the federal government.  These conditions will ensure the safety of local communities, mitigate environmental impacts, and take into consideration the needs and views of the affected communities, First Nations in particular.

There is still a long path ahead for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Today's decision by the federal government is a necessary step along the way."

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by CLAC. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.

PCA's goal is to ensure that Canada has a fair and open construction industry, cooperative labour relations, and a robust, inclusive and highly-capable workforce. PCA believes in open competition in which no sector is given artificial and unfair advantage over another on the basis of union affiliation or lack thereof.

SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

For further information:

Media inquiries:
Paul de Jong, pdejong@pcac.ca, (403) 620-3781


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