OTTAWA, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's Building Trades Unions are
encouraged by the comments of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on
improving the existing regulatory framework for construction projects
in Canada. The Prime Minister made his comments in a speech in Davos,
Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"We are very pleased to hear the Prime Minister is addressing this
serious issue," said Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs. "Mr.
Harper clearly understands that projects like the Northern Gateway are
vital to the ongoing success of Canada's construction industry. Right
now, this process is being subverted and needlessly delayed at the cost
of Canadian jobs."
The regulatory approval process needs to be adjusted to today's
realities. Partisan attacks designed to do nothing more than undermine,
valuable economic opportunities that create well-paying Canadian jobs
take advantage of loopholes in the current regulatory system. The jobs
being created are not the just the jobs on immediate construction; they
are the permanent operations and maintenance jobs that last the
lifetime of the project. These are jobs for 50 years not one or two
"We need to get the system moving and we support Prime Minister Harper's
efforts to do so," said Blakely. "The recent decision to delay a major
pipeline project by at least one year means Canadian jobs are being put
on hold. We need to reform the system to expedite the analysis of these
large-scale projects to encourage new investment in Canadian
infrastructure. We support a rigorous and transparent regulatory
process, but this process needs to be expeditious and not stifle
investment and job creation."
About the BCTD
The North America-wide BCTD AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour -
Congress of Industrial Organizations) coordinates activities and
provides resources to 15 affiliated trade unions in the construction
and manufacturing industries. It has 386 state, provincial and local
councils in Canada and the United States. In Canada, the BCTD
represents 450,000 skilled trades workers.
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