Canadian Union Pushes Government on Kyoto

Canada’s largest energy workers’ union is calling together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to pressure the federal government “get its act together” on Kyoto…

Ottawa, Canada – October 22, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Canada’s largest energy workers’ union is calling together a diverse group of energy stakeholders to pressure the federal government “get its act together” on Kyoto before meeting with the provinces and territories next Monday in Halifax, said CEP President Brian Payne. The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is spearheading an intensive lobby of federal decision makers to ratify the Kyoto Accord and to provide funding for training, relocation and other assistance to workers affected by policy measures to reduce greenhouse gasses, said the CEP. “We want to put workers and communities in the Kyoto Plan,” said Payne. This Kyoto forum will be at the National Press Club in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday, October 23, 2002, at noon. The union has already met with government officials to outline its plan that, in addition to a transition program for workers, also calls for regional energy grids to emphasize a sustainable and Renewable Energy supply; an industrial policy to use natural gas resources to further develop the petrochemical industry; the “Canadianization” of energy industries; and a reformed and democratized National Energy Board. CEP is sponsoring similar “Kyoto Forums” across the country throughout October and November to generate support for its policy from governments, non-profit, environmental and community groups and others. “As citizens, as consumers, as businesses and as workers – we are calling on all people in every region of Canada to share the burden of change and take action on global warming,” said CEP President Brian Payne.

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