May 25, 2006

Cascades doesn’t support AMPCO — Does Abitibi?

May 25, 2006  –  Yesterday, the Globe and Mail reported that Premier Jean Charest says that the Province of Quebec will meet its Kyoto Protocol targets regardless of whether the federal government ultimately pulls out of the international climate change agreement.  We have also received some additional good news from Quebec.  According to Leon Marineau, Vice President of Cascades Canada: “Cascades does not support AMPCO’s request that Premier McGuinty should break his promise to phase-out Ontario’s dirty coal-fired power plants by 2009.”

Cascades, which is a member of AMPCO (Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario), produces packaging products, fine specialty papers and tissue papers.  Its head office is in Kingsey Falls, Quebec.  Its Ontario plants are located in Barrie, Vaughan, Concord, Brampton, St Marys, London, Kitchener, Mississauga, Toronto, Coburg, Pickering, Peterborough, Trenton and Red Rock.

The phase-out of Ontario’s dirty coal-fired power plants will provide Ontario with 50-80% of the greenhouse gas emission reductions the entire province needs to meet its Kyoto Protocol target in 2010.

Abitibi-Consolidated is also a member of AMPCO.  Abitibi-Consolidated is the largest recycler of newspapers and magazines in North America, diverting annually approximately 1.9 million tonnes of waste paper from landfills.  It also ranks first in Canada in terms of total certified woodlands.

Please contact John Weaver, the President of Abitibi-Consolidated, at john_weaver@abitibiconsolidated.com, and ask him if Abitibi-Consolidated supports AMPCO’s request that Premier McGuinty should break his promise to phase-out our dirty coal-fired power plants.  Please remind him that two AMPCO members (Cascades and Molson Canada) have already announced that they do not support AMPCO’s request.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you

Jessica Fracassi
Communications & Membership Manager
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 245
Fax: 416-926-1601
Email: info@cleanair.web.ca
Website: www.cleanairalliance.org