Budget 2009 should protect forestry jobs: poll

    OTTAWA, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - A poll for Canada's largest forestry union
conducted by Nanos Research has found that a significant majority of Canadians
believe that Budget 2009 should protect forestry jobs in this slowing Canadian
    Seventy-two percent of respondents expressed support for federal and
provincial governments' use of economic stimulus programs to protect forest
industry jobs. Ninety percent of respondents in the follow up question
indicated that if the federal and provincial governments provided assistance
to forestry companies, there should be conditions to ensure the funds are used
to maintain operations and prevent lay-offs."
    This sends a clear message to the Prime Minister that Canadians want help
for small-town economies in a way that supports and protects people's jobs in
the forest sector," says Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union
President Dave Coles.
    "I urge the Prime Minister to invest smartly in the key resource sectors
hardest hit by the economic downturn, including the forestry," he adds. "The
federal government must ensure that investments made to the forestry sector
today will directly benefit the workers by protecting their jobs and
sustaining the communities that depend on them."
    "These results clearly indicate that respondents are distinguishing
between economic stimuli that benefit corporations, and those which target
people and jobs," says Nik Nanos, President of Nanos Research. "These results
show a clear preference among Canadians for economic investments that come
with job-protection conditions attached to them."
    The results were obtained through a random telephone survey conducted by
Nanos Research with 1,003 Canadians from January 3 to January 7, 2009. The
margin of accuracy for a sample of 1,003 is 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

    CEP is one of Canada's largest unions, representing thousands of workers
in Canada's forestry sector.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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