Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association

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The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association (CCTGA) is a trade group for Christmas tree farmers in Canada. It was founded in 1972 and describes itself as an umbrella organization for the various provincial tree growers associations.

History[edit]

The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association was founded in 1972 with Richard Lord as its first president.[1] In Lord's view it was a forest products trade dispute with the United States in 1986 that brought the CCTGA "into its own".[1] Twice the organization has run a donated Christmas tree program.[2] Initiatives by the CCTGA in both 2007 and 2008 donated thousands of Christmas trees to the families of members of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan over the holiday season.[3][4] The 2008 "Trees for Troops" program garnered mention in a speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Petawawa, Ontario on December 5.[4]

Description[edit]

The CCTGA describes itself as the "umbrella organization" of the various provincial Christmas Tree Growers Associations in Canada.[5] There are provincial associations in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and a prairie association with both Saskatchewan and Alberta members.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sandberg, Anders L. and Clancy, Peter L. Against the Grain: Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia, (Google Books), UBC Press, 2000, pp. 228-229, (ISBN 0774807660).
  2. ^ "CCTGA: Trees for Troops Families 2008", (Press release), Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association, via marketwire.com, December 1, 2008, accessed April 5, 2008.
  3. ^ "Minister MacKay helps donate Christmas Trees to Military Families", (Press release), Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, December 7, 2007, accessed April 5, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "PM supports the Christmas Trees for Troop Families program", (Press release), Prime Minister of Canada, December 5, 2008, accessed April 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "Who We Are", Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association, accessed April 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "Canada's Provincial Christmas Tree Associations", Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association, accessed April 5, 2009.

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