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CME Calls for Concerted Effort to Get Nuclear Program Underway

Published on June 29, 2009

QUEEN’S PARK – Following today’s announcement to suspend construction of a new nuclear reactor at Darlington, ON, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is encouraging the Federal government to provide some clarity as to the future of AECL and for the Ontario government to re-open the process as early as possible.


“The nuclear new-build program is a critical part of Ontario’s electricity future,” said Ian Howcroft, vice president of CME Ontario. “Due to the scale of this project, it will take a concerted effort to come to fruition.”


“The clean, reliable electricity at stable prices that nuclear provides is critical to the provincial economy going forward.”


And this project will benefit Ontario jobs.


“A new-build nuclear build program would also provide some much-needed stimulus to the manufacturing sector,” Howcroft added. “Many manufacturers had been anticipating this new build to breathe some life into their operations.”


Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s leading trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.


The association directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85% of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada’s leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.


CME’s membership network accounts for an estimated 82% of total manufacturing production and 90% of Canada’s exports.


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For more information, contact:

Ian Howcroft                                         Paul Clipsham

Vice President                                       Director of Policy

CME Ontario                                         CME Ontario

416-419-6119                                         416-388-6711

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