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SOURCE Canadian Gas Association
OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The federal budget announced today contains a number of measures that will benefit Canadians and drive productivity and economic growth said the Canadian Gas Association.
The federal budget includes initiatives that will help support Canada's economic growth and prosperity including:
"Investing in training, job skills, and community infrastructure all help to improve our competitiveness and productivity. And support for research and innovation will help ensure long-term growth," said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association.
CGA believes these initiatives offer significant opportunity to build on the innovation agenda:
"CGA has been driving forward with its own agenda on innovation," Egan noted. "Natural gas utilities look forward to opportunities to work with the Government of Canada on this."
CGA did note the government's reference to the potential negative implications of lower natural gas prices because of lower revenues and would highlight the fact that there is a very positive implication as well: energy that is even more affordable for Canadian homeowners, businesses, and industry.
Natural gas is an affordable, clean, safe and reliable energy choice for buildings and communities, large industry, and transportation. Natural gas has a central place in Canada's energy mix meeting 30 per cent of the country's energy needs. Today over 6.3 million customers representing well over half the Canadian population rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
CGA is the voice of Canada's natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. The website of the Canadian Gas Association, www.cga.ca, provides information, facts, and useful tools on this affordable energy choice.
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