Tie Off-Shore Oil to Jobs in Nova Scotia

Halifax, Nova Scotia

April 5, 2002


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Tie Off-shore Oil To Jobs In Nova Scotia
Tie Off-shore Oil To Jobs In Nova Scotia
dated April 4, 2002

Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 2, 2002
       Over 1,700 CAW workers are completing the construction of a 200 million dollar Eirik Raude oil rig in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Irving ship yards. Irving ship yards got the contract after another company failed to complete the job. During a tour of the huge oil rig CAW National President, Buzz Hargrove, said this proves Canadians can do the job. Now it is time for the government to get tough and pass laws to ensure the people of Nova Scotia benefit from the off-shore oil and gas resources.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Newfoundland just finished an agreement in Newfoundland where 80 percent of the content of the off-shore rigs must be produced in Newfoundland. If Newfoundland can do it, we can do it in Nova Scotia as well."

       Jim Irving of Irving Oil echoed Hargrove's position that the government has to protect Nova Scotia's interests the way other countries and provinces have.

J.D. Irving
Irving Oil

       "I think we have to look a little bit closer at Brazil where it is forty percent, that's the law. In Norway, it's a hundred per cent. In the U.S., it's a hundred percent; it's built inside the Jones Act, if you want to work in U.S. waters. That's the facts. That's the world we are living in. That's the competition we are up against today and we have got to look after our end."

       After the press conference, Hargrove said the government can use a 71 percent tariff to protect tomato farmers in the winter, then there is no reason why they can't tie jobs to the development of the off-shore oil and gas resources.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "If we can put tariffs on tomatoes when it is meaningless, surely we can bring in legislation to ensure that we have local content here. And who is going to challenge us? United States, with the Jones Act? Certainly not the Americans. So it's really about having the political will and the courage to stand up to the oil companies."

       Hargrove urged the people of Nova Scotia to petition their politicians to make sure the jobs from the off shore resources go to Nova Scotians. He reminded them that the oil companies are motivated by profit.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "They'll build their ships or rigs wherever they can do it the cheapest or to satisfy some of the political concerns they have in the United States so we have to stand up as Canadians. Mobil Exxon made 25 billion dollars in profit last year. They are going to make a hell of a profit off this off shore resource in Nova Scotia, and the people of Nova Scotia are absolutely entitled to share in that."

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