06 February 2008 18:31 [Source: ICIS news]
By Stefan Baumgarten
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Canada’s chemicals and plastics industry will face many more plant closures and job losses unless the country puts a stop to the unrestricted export of oil and gas from Alberta to the US, a top Canadian union leader said on Wednesday.
Huget is vice-president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), which represents chemical workers, including 180 of the 270 workers losing their jobs as a result of the Lanxess' acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) closure announced for the second quarter at
The reasons for the many chemical plant closures - including major shutdown’s by Dow Chemical at Sarnia and Basell at Sarnia and Montreal - lay in the unrestricted exports of Canadian energy from western Canada, particularly Alberta, to the US, Huget said.
“There is no attention being paid to the fact that we need energy in this country as well, at made-in-Canada energy prices,” said Huget.
"While I have no problem with the western provinces benefiting from the high price of crude oil, no attention is being paid to the negative effects this has on our industries.”
Chemical firms were not only shutting down plants but also ceasing many research and development (R&D) activities in
“Nobody is thinking about tomorrow when it comes to this country.”
Huget conceded that under
However, with plans for ever more exports and pipelines from western
"Nobody has stopped to ask: 'Shouldn't we have an obligation to protect Canadian downstream manufacturing and jobs, which rely on the energy, in our energy export schemes?,'" Huget said.
"I don't get the sense that [provincial and federal governments] are paying attention to this, they are just sleep-walking their way into a very serious problem for Canada."
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