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Support For Ontario's Electricity Assistance For Northern Pulp And Paper Mills

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Support For Ontario's Electricity Assistance For Northern Pulp And Paper Mills

Office of the Premier

"I appreciate the province's efforts to help our industry through these very difficult times. This program will help us deal with our electricity costs and move us toward greater energy efficiency."

Ronald Stern, President and CEO of St. Mary's Paper

"The McGuinty government has acted decisively with programs to encourage critical new investment and to make wood costs more competitive. Today's announcement is a significant step forward for the Thunder Bay Operation and will support our own internal initiatives designed to bring our assets to a more competitive position."

David J. Paterson, President and CEO of Bowater Incorporated

"The program announced today is a significant step both in terms of closing the gap on power rates with competing jurisdictions and helping companies generate the funds that will support investments to make their mills less dependent on purchased energy. We applaud and thank Premier McGuinty and Minister Ramsay for their leadership, perseverance and support."

Jim Lopez, President and CEO of Tembec

"This is great news for Ontario's forest sector. It helps us stay competitive. It will keep jobs in the north. This is good for our industry and a 'win' for the communities in our region. Our sawmills need pulp and paper operations to use the wood chips they produce, and this helps to ensure that."

Ken Buchanan, President of Buchanan Forest Products

"We applaud the efforts by the Premier and Minister Ramsay to find ways to improve forest industry competitiveness."

John Weaver, President and CEO of Abitibi-Consolidated

"This government and I are firmly committed to the north. We are helping the forest industry transition into the future and, at the same time, supporting the economies of northern communities."

Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Today's announcement is the latest in a series of efforts on our government's part to ensure the competitiveness of our forest sector. More affordable power over a predictable period is a big help to our pulp and paper mills."

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"With today's announcement, the McGuinty government has now committed over $1 billion to the Ontario forestry sector to help reduces costs, increase efficiencies and protect jobs.   Premier McGuinty, Minister Ramsay and our entire government have shown tremendous support for the workers and their families in this industry to help ensure its competitiveness and long-term sustainability."

David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources



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