Sunday, October 08, 2006

Dave Coles stamps his foot, but life goes on even in Saskatchewan

CEP wants strong message sent to Weyerhaeuser on PA mill

For Immediate Release October 6, 2006

The Saskatchewan government must be prepared to use its authority to force Weyerhaeuser to either operate or sell its forestry operations, said Dave Coles, Western Region Vice President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

Coles responded today to the final report of the Premier's Task Force on Forest Development delivered yesterday to Premier Lorne Calvert.

"The report has lots of good ideas but they are worthless if this company can hold a whole province to ransom," said Coles. "We know that there are forest companies prepared to make paper in Prince Albert if Weyerhaeuser won't, and we cannot accept the decision of Weyerhaeuser-Domtar to leave these forest operations idle.

"Prince Albert and northern Saskatchewan have suffered enough and waited long enough. We want Premier Calvert to put a 'use-it or lose-it' choice to this company."

The task force report makes 17 recommendations to the province to revitalize the forest industry. However in the late stages of the drafting of the report, Weyerhaeuser struck a corporate deal with Domtar to transfer management of its Saskatchewan operations to a new combined company headed by Domtar management. Negotiations with other companies to purchase the Prince Albert paper mill and other forest operations were broken off and Weyerhaeuser-Domtar management has stated that the Prince Albert mill will neither be sold nor reopened.

For information:
Dave Coles: 604-240-7284

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