Politics or not: Harper aid plan still amounts to nothing

    OTTAWA, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's largest forestry union says the
Harper government's decision to take politics out of the equation does nothing
to increase the value of what his $1 Billion so-called aid plan amounts to for
hundreds of devastated one-industry towns.
    "He's not tying the aid to the passing of the federal budget, but the
bottom line is still the same: there is nothing there for forestry workers,"
says CEP President Dave Coles. "The amount of funding offered, plus all the
conditions attached to it, amount to drop in the ocean," he says.
    "Though the attempt to blackmail the other political parties may be gone,
there is still nothing that even acknowledges the crisis in the forest
    "Prime Minister Harper has shown absolutely no foresight or vision for
rural Canada," says Mr. Coles, noting that forestry could be one of the
largest job-creation industries in the country if it was managed properly.
    "Our repeated calls for a well-thought out strategic approach to this
crisis, including a national forestry summit, have fallen on deaf ears."

    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: Michelle Walsh, CEP Communications Director,
(613) 230-5800, ext. 222

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