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‘Face the people of the North’ says CEP


September 5, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

In response to the Red Rock closure, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ union is calling on the McGuinty …

In response to the Red Rock closure, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ union is calling on the McGuinty government to ‘face the people of the North.’

“We told the McGuinty government this would happen without some urgent action on energy rates,” Cecil Makowski, Ontario region vice-president of the CEP said. “Mr. McGuinty and his government keep saying they are studying the situation in the North, but we say that it is Queen’s Park code for ignoring the hardship and economic devastation eating away thousands of families and dozens of communities across Northern Ontario like a cancer,” he continued.

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Makowski is appealing to the McGuinty government to engage in a dialogue with those who have lost their jobs due to machine and mill closures.

“Mr. McGuinty and his ministers need to come to the north to face and listen to the people hurt the most by this crisis,” he said.

Makowski’s sentiments are echoed by those of Al Simard, president of STRONG, or Saving the Region of Ontario North Group, a grassroots organization endeavoring to protect the northern part of the province.

“Communities are being wiped out,” Simard said. “And government policies are making the situation even worse. There is no communication with the government whatsoever,” he said.


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