OTTAWA, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is calling for a full accounting of
the public money spent lobbying in favour of the highly controversial
Keystone XL pipeline. In recent weeks several Conservative ministers
have flown to Washington to push the approval of the pipeline while
Harper has made it the top priority for Canada's embassies and 22
consular offices in the U.S for 3 consecutive years.
"The Conservatives have spent millions of public dollars to push for a
pipeline that will export Canadian jobs, trample First Nations rights
undermine domestic industrial policy and is bad for the environment"
said CEP National President Dave Coles.
Canadian officials have presented at town council meetings, taken
newspaper reporters to high-end restaurants and organized countless
other activities in their zest for Keystone XL. On Tuesday Minister
Oliver attacked Thomas Mulcair for not joining the Conservatives
lobbying parade in Washington D.C.
"In their obsession for this job-killing export pipeline, the
Conservatives have even insinuated that the leader of the official
opposition is a traitor," said Coles. "They are so far out of left
field on this issue and it is time they live up to the costs of their
adventures down south".
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada represents
35,000 members employed in oil and gas extraction, transportation,
refining, and conversion in the petrochemical and plastics sectors, and
120,000 members in total.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628