"Budget leaves out rural Canada": Forestry union

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - "The federal budget has left rural Canada
out in the cold," says the president of Canada's largest forestry union.
    CEP President Dave Coles says the Conservative government has once again
let down workers, families and communities in hundreds of forest-dependent
    "Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had the chance with this budget to step up
to the plate and show some leadership, instead he did not even acknowledge the
crisis in the forest industry.
    "Mill closures have put thousands of our members out of work, from
Stephenville, Nfld. to Mackenzie, B.C., with repercussions that have
devastated forest-based communities from coast to coast.
    "Our calls to the federal government for a national summit with all
stakeholders to address forestry industry renewal have fallen on deaf ears.
    "We need a national strategy that will help the industry rejuvenate the
sector through investment in new products and the creation of value-added
    "The $l-billion plan announced earlier this year to be split among ailing
sectors has nothing for the forest industry.
    "Rural Canadians built this country. Rural Canada deserves better," says
Mr. Coles.

    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, (613) 299-5628

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