OTTAWA, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Northern New Brunswick is in the midst of
an economic crisis that is likely to get a lot worse, says the Atlantic Region
Vice-President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
(CEP) and his Union plans to do something about it.
"For too long, too many of us have been acting like firefighters
responding to individual emergencies. It is time for all of us to recognize
that we have a region wide crisis on our hands which requires some innovative
and dramatic new approaches," said the CEP's Ervan Cronk in a news release
today announcing the first in a series of public forums.
"We in the CEP have no intention of sitting idly by while communities
like Miramichi suffer the consequences of mill closures and cut backs. We
intend to lead a campaign to find a better way - as a province - to deal with
the loss of thousands of good paying jobs."
The first step in that process, he announced, will be in Miramichi on
Sunday, August 26 at the Lion's Club hall where Cabinet Ministers, business
people, social activists, municipal politicians, unionists and all other
stakeholders will gather to talk about revitalizing the New Brunswick economy
in general and the forestry sector in particular.
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in the
"This train for change is leaving the station," Mr. Cronk said. "The
Miramichi event on Sunday is only the beginning of our efforts to build a
better way. We think the revitalization of the economy must become the number
one priority for all levels of government and they need to open the process
for input from all stakeholders."
For further information:
For further information: Ervan Cronk, (506) 857-8647, (506) 434-3488