Oil Putting Food on Families

Pardon the Bushism. The CPC’s spin regarding the oil crowding out grain shipments by rail must be inspired by Dubya.

Elizabeth May provides some sanity on the issue.

“The current rail cars used for shipping hazardous materials are not safe. Both the US and Canadian Railway Safety Boards have ruled that the DOT111 cars are unsafe, needing upgrading and replacement.”

The insanity is underneath, from Joan Crockatt.

March 6, 2014
For Immediate Release

Oil and gas putting food on the table for Canadian families


Ottawa, ON – Jobs in Canada`s Oilsands create indirect jobs elsewhere in Canada, putting food on the tables for families from Burnaby B.C. to Newfoundland. This was the message to the Standing Committee of Natural Resources from the Building and Construction Trades of AFL-CIO, representing around 600,000 construction workers across Canada.

The committee is examining the cross-Canada benefits from developing the oil and gas industries.

Thirty-five percent of the 82,000 construction workers in Fort McMurray live somewhere else in Canada.

“This means the wages earned by the workers go back to their home communities,” said Christopher Smillie, Senior Advisor with Canada’s Building Trades. “So the economic benefit of these projects, regardless of their location, is immense… This means food on the tables across Canada…this means paychecks – good paychecks – coming home to Canadian families.”

“These aren’t just jobs in oil and gas; these are jobs that create jobs,” added Mr. Smillie.

If Quebec’s oil and gas industries took off, if New Brunswick’s took off, “you`d see those people come home. We`d see a redistribution of the workforce”

Blaine Calkins, MP for Wetaskiwin, said “I am pleased to see one of the industry’s largest unions recognize that their jobs create other jobs that benefit Canada as a whole.”

Canada`s workforce is increasingly more mobile which spreads the benefits broadly. Ninety-five per cent of the mobile Fort McMurray workforce is composed of carpenters, welders and pipefitters from Ontario, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia – all over Canada.

The committee also heard from Peter Boag, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Fuels Association, that many of Canada`s 18 refineries from Burnaby to Come-by-Chance are operating at only 80% capacity. Oil from the Oilsands, brought by pipeline, and with the products exported offshore, could keep them open and viable.

“What we heard loud and clear is that the opportunity to keep our youth employed and our families enjoying a high quality of life is right here before us in the oil and gas sector and it is not limited to any one province,“ said Calgary Centre MP Joan Crockatt.

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For media inquiries please contact:

Cory Anderson

Executive Assistant, Director of Operations

Joan Crockatt, MP | Calgary Centre

117 Confederation Building, Ottawa ON

Work: 613 995 1561
Mobile: 613 854 3802
Email: joan.crockatt.a1@parl.gc.ca
Web: http://www.joancrockatt.ca

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