Canadian Building Trades pleased by the TransCanada Corporation announcement of the Energy-East Project

Canadian Building Trades pleased by the TransCanada Corporation announcement 
of the Energy-East Project 
OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Building Trades is very pleased by 
the TransCanada Corporation announcement of the Energy-East Project; Director 
of Canadian Affairs Robert Blakely said "This is the sort of job that proves 
that a pipeline is a conduit that connects high paying jobs in one region of 
Canada to high paying, long term and sustainable jobs in other Canadian 
Regions. At the same time as providing this job bonanza it changes the game 
for refiners in Central and Atlantic Canada in removing their dependence on 
foreign crude oil." 
The effects of this announcement are very far reaching and extend far beyond 
the initial pipeline construction phase, Roy Finley, Director of Construction 
for Teamsters Canada was quoted as saying "As an Albertan I'm very glad that 
Western Canada gets another major market for our crude and as a Canadian I see 
the benefits of Canadian resources being made available to all Canadians." 
The work will require a large of number of our members from Alberta into New 
Brunswick in the initial construction phase and more to build and maintain the 
facilities on either end of the line. Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of 
the Ontario Building Trades added his Council's support for the Energy-East 
Project for a number of reasons: "(1) in our view, it's the safest way to 
transport crude oil as it relates to the environment; (2) it will provide 
opportunities to train and employ trades people including Aboriginals, women, 
youth and new Canadians; and (3) we, in the Building Trades in Ontario see 
this as nation-building which is good for all Canadians." Gary Ritchie of the 
New Brunswick Building Trades speaking in Saint John, NB said, "This means my 
members won't have to go West whenever they need a job, we will increase the 
job base here in Atlantic Canada and see more investment here. We need those 
jobs as well as the new and exciting prospects for young New Brunswickers who 
haven't had all that much to look forward to until now, this is the key to 
training a large number of people for real and lasting skilled jobs" 
Blakely concluded, "This is the best news we've had in long time and it 
impacts almost the entire spectrum of Canadian construction workers. We 
intend to support TransCanada and Energy East every step of the way!!" 
About BCTD 
The North America-wide BCTD AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour - Congress 
of Industrial Organizations) coordinates activities and provides resources to 
15 affiliated trade unions in the construction, maintenance and fabrication 
industries. In Canada, the BCTD represents 500,000 skilled trades workers.

SOURCE  Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO 
Robert Blakely Director of Canadian Affairs Office: (613) 236-0653  Lindsay 
Amundsen Workforce Development Coordinator Office: (613)-236-0653  Donald 
Fortin Directeur Général, Québec BCTC Bureau: (514) 723-6555  Patrick 
Dillon Business Manager, Ontario BCTC Office: (416) 679-8887 
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CO: Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
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-0- Aug/01/2013 17:38 GMT
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