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Mayor Responds to AbitibiBowater Announcement

April 16, 2009 - In response to today’s announcement that AbitibiBowater Inc. has filed for creditor protection in the United States and Canada to pursue its restructuring plan under Court supervision while day-to-day operations continue, Mayor Lynn Peterson issued the following statement:

"AbitibiBowater advises that today's decisions mean day-to-day operations will continue while restructuring proceeds under Court supervision. AbitibiBowater has a major impact on the Thunder Bay economy including local companies that supply products and services to the Thunder Bay plant operations.

“As a community, we are following every step and hoping that the process unfolds with the best possible outcome for local employees, their families, local suppliers and our community. As a City Council we are in close touch with the company, which has given so much to this community and, we hope, will continue to do so far into the future.”

Mayor Peterson is in Fort Frances where she is attending the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association’s 27th annual general meeting and conference.

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Contact: Mayor Lynn Peterson, (807) 625-3600 [to arrange contact with the Mayor]