Harper Government eliminating hundreds of jobs with protectionist Bill C-32

    Union wants amendment to protect livelihood of workers throughout Ontario
    and Quebec

    OTTAWA, June 19 /CNW/ - The Bakers, Confectioners, Tobacco Workers and
Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) today called on the Harper Government to amend
C-32 to save hundreds of jobs in Quebec and Ontario. Hundreds of workers from
throughout Quebec and Ontario are descending on Ottawa today for a 2 pm
protest in front of Prime Minister Harper's office in an effort to secure an
amendment to a protectionist piece of legislation, Bill C-32.
    Bill C-32 was supposed to be the result of Prime Minister Harper's 2008
campaign promise to prevent youth smoking by banning flavoured little cigars.
However, the Bill was hijacked by special interest groups and the result was a
ban on the sale, manufacture, import and export on all blended cigarettes.

    Eliminating Jobs:

    "With C-32, Canada will be the only country in the world to ban such
brands as Rooftop, Gauloises and Gitanes. These are the products that keep our
machinery moving. The kind of product that is legal in countries around the
world and the kind of product our union members are proud to make," noted Sean
Kelly, Vice President of the BCTGM. "With C-32 we won't even be able to make
these products for export abroad. There is absolutely no reason for this other
than a blatant want to punish hard working Canadians and the families they

    No consultation:

    Neither the membership of the BCTGM, nor the manufacturers were consulted
about the desire to ban blended products. Moreover, it was only three days ago
- June 16th - that the Government admitted their intentions of banning blended
products. In three days, the Government has rushed the bill through Committee
and third reading. It now sits with the Senate awaiting second reading.

    An easy fix:

    The BCTGM asks Prime Minister Harper to reach out to the Senate to amend
C-32 to allow for continued manufacture, sale, import and export of blended
products as doing so would stay true to the Government's campaign promise and
will also protect jobs at the same time.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Contact Daniel Rondou, (514) 893-8194

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