Budget: forest aid or election

    OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest forestry union says
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion should stop propping up the Conservative
government and vote against Tuesday's budget, unless it includes meaningful
financial aid to address the forest industry crisis.
    "Forest communities need a lifeline, and if there is not one in this
budget, the other political parties should vote against it and trigger an
election," says CEP President Dave Coles.
    "We need a national strategy that will help the industry rejuvenate the
sector through investment in new and innovative products and the creation of
value-added jobs.
    "The $l-billion plan announced earlier this year to be split among ailing
sectors, with all kinds of strings attached, is totally inadequate and
provides nothing for forest workers. It's time for Harper to step up the plate
and show some vision for rural Canada.

    Dave Coles will be available on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, for reaction
to the federal budget.

    CEP, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada,
represents 150,000 Canadian workers in several key parts of the economy,
including more than 55,000 forest workers.

For further information:

For further information: Dave Coles, President, (613) 299-5628; Michelle
Walsh, Communications Director, (613) 230-5800, ext. 222, (613) 858-9144

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