FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was issued today by Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais to mark Co-op Week, Oct. 14 - 20, and Credit Union Day, Oct. 18, in New Brunswick:

I extend my best wishes for a happy and successful Credit Union Day and Co-op Week to the thousands of credit union, caisse populaire and co-operative members throughout New Brunswick. It is also noteworthy to point out that the United Nations has proclaimed 2012 as the International Year of Co-Operatives.

New Brunswick's co-operatives are responsible for the creation of more than 12,000 jobs, with an annual payroll valued at more than $460 million and total tax revenue exceeding $117.4 million.

New Brunswick's credit unions and caisses populaires employ more than 1,200, have more than 230,000 members and have more than $3.7 billion in assets.

The co-operative movement has a long and proud history, having made significant contributions to the economic and social advancement of our province.

This special week offers New Brunswickers a chance to express their appreciation for the benefits that co-operatives provide to the communities in every part of New Brunswick in which they operate.

I wish you all a happy celebration and a successful week.