Cement Industry Applauds Alberta's Focus on Jobs and Infrastructure, and Collaborative Development of Important Climate Change Policy

CALGARY, April 15, 2016 /CNW/ - The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) applauds the Alberta government budget. The Budget strikes a balance with targeted investments in infrastructure and the environment. Getting Albertans to work and investing in quality infrastructure projects is the right and timely focus. The budget will help diversify the economy and provide critical funding to enhance infrastructure management, rural transportation development and long term market access. 

"The strong focus on building infrastructure will create much-needed jobs for Albertans, new opportunities for businesses and better infrastructure in communities across the province," said CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. "The Alberta Jobs Plan will play a key role in keeping people employed while restoring and enhancing infrastructure across the Province."

Premier Notley and her government have shown leadership in ensuring the Alberta government consults in a meaningful way on Climate Change with industries across the Province. This will ensure that climate change policies are designed and implemented correctly from the start and thus can protect the competitiveness of industry and the integrity of the environment.

Mr. McSweeney added, "Climate change is real, and our industry will continue to collaborate with the Alberta government on the development of fair and effective environment policy. This policy framework needs to address our collective greenhouse gas emissions issues, while protecting Energy/Emissions Intensive, Trade Exposed industries to ensure we can compete on a fair and level playing field which will keep jobs in Alberta."

As an industry that produces a strategic commodity and provides the foundation of a modern, sustainable economy, the CAC is looking forward to continued collaboration with the province of Alberta.

About the Cement Association of Canada

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is the voice of Canada's cement manufacturers. The industry provides a reliable, domestic supply of cement required to build Canada's communities and critical infrastructure. The CAC and its members are committed to the environmentally responsible manufacturing of cement and concrete products. CAC's members are: Ciment Québec Inc., Colacem Canada Inc., CRH Canada Group, ESSROC Italcementi Group, Federal White Cement Ltd., Lafarge Canada Inc., Lehigh Hanson and St Marys Cement Group.

SOURCE Cement Association of Canada

For further information:

Lyse Teasdale, Director of Communications, Cement Association of Canada, LTeasdale@cement.ca, 613-236-9471, ext 211