Plant closure proves Molson is anything but Canadian



    Why should Albertans drink Molson beer now?

    EDMONTON, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - The Alberta Federation of Labour is highly
critical of the Molson Coors shut-down of its Edmonton plant announced
yesterday afternoon.
    "The American-based Coors Molson Company is closing a profitable,
efficient, award-winning plant with no consideration of long-term employees
here in Alberta," says AFL President Gil McGowan. "Their loyalty and hard-work
apparently means nothing to the American operators but numbers on a ledger
sheet."
    "So next time Albertans hear the 'I am Canadian' rant on a Molson ad -
don't believe it," says McGowan. "With the lay-off of the last Alberta Molson
workers, there is little reason for Albertans to drink Molson products."
    McGowan was also critical of the removal of inter-provincial trade
barriers that has allowed the Canadian brewing industry to collapse.
    "This plant closure is part of an ongoing series of shut-downs of
breweries in the province," says AFL President Gil McGowan. "The collapse of
the Alberta brewing industry and the loss of hundreds of good jobs is the
other side of the drive to free trade between provinces that the Alberta
government so strongly endorses."
    McGowan points out that Alberta and other Canadian provinces each had
thriving brewing industries when regulations prohibited the transport of beer
across provincial boundaries.
    "Molson alone used to have three breweries in Alberta," says McGowan,
"but as of today there is only one major plant left - the Edmonton Labatt
brewery."
    "Albertans have lost great jobs with no real gain in consumer prices,"
says McGowan. "Where is the benefit to the province in that product of free
trade?"




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For further information: Gil McGowan, AFL President @ 780-218-9888

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