Posted on Jun 4, 2018

MLAs support pipeline purchase

Sherwood Park News - June 4, 2018

Local MLAs have shown support for the federal government’s move to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline.

On May 29, the federal government announced its yet-to-be-finalized intent to purchase the Sherwood Park-based pipeline for $4.5 billion, while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley committed to investing up to $2 billion to ensure the project goes ahead.

“This is great news for constituents and businesses in Sherwood Park,” said Sherwood Park MLA Annie McKitrick.

“Many skilled tradespersons from our community will have the opportunity to work on the pipeline or in the associated service industries. All of Alberta will benefit.”

Strathcona-Sherwood Park MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas also applauded the government move, pointing to the constituency as a major part of the Industrial Heartland.

“Here, we know that the Trans Mountain expansion is key to growing the job market for this area, and across Alberta,” she said.

“To ensure this happens, the commitment from your NDP government is to have the construction of this pipeline resume this summer, and to proceed with greater certainty that the project will be completed.”

“We deliver on this promise,” she added, “helping Albertans get back to work with good jobs and a promising future for the now federally-protected construction of this new pipeline.

“There is still more work to do, but we have taken a big step forward.”

McKitrick added the move plays into the province’s overall energy-related initiatives.

“Alberta’s leadership in reducing emission, introducing greener industries through the Climate Leadership Plan, demonstrates the importance of both harvesting our natural resources and mitigating the environmental impact,” she said.

Should the province pay into the line as a backstop measure, any investment made would be converted to equity.

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