Opposition to sale of Petro-Canada

In a poll done by Ipsos-Reid for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) and the Council of Canadians, 71 per cent of Ontarians said the Canadian government should keep its 19 per cent publicly owned stake in Petro-Canada in order to maintain Canadian influence and to ensure Canada's energy security for the future. The poll was done following the Martin government's announcement in the budget that it will sell its part of Petro-Canada. Full poll results are available at www.ipsos-reid.com.

"These poll results confirm that our members who work for Petro-Canada and Canadians as a whole want to keep control of this important resource," said Bob Huget CEP administrative vice-president for Ontario.

"A previous Ipsos-Reid poll showed that 90 per cent of Canadians want a real energy strategy, that will evaluate the current demand and foresee future needs for Canada," commented Guy Caron of the Council of Canadians. "It's time for this government to start listening to its citizens."

Huget announced that the 150,000-member CEP has launched a campaign to give Canadians a chance to speak directly to the Prime Minister on the issue. "People need simply go to www.cep.ca and click on the Don't Sell Petro-Canada banner and they will be able to e-mail Paul Martin directly with the message," Huget said. The launch of the Ontario e-mail effort is being co-ordinated with similar events across the country.

About one third of CEP members work in Canada's energy sector, almost 2,000 of them for Petro-Canada at various locations across the country including Oakville and Mississauga, Ontario.

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