Posted on Apr 30, 2018

Supporting Alberta's Energy Industry

Sherwood Park News - April 30, 2018

Our government stands united in support of our energy industry and the working women and men it employs — here in Strathcona County, and across the province. We know that there is not a school, not a hospital, not a bus, a road, a bike lane or a port anywhere in Canada that doesn’t owe something to the strong energy industry in the province of Alberta.

Our businesses and our community are working hard to help get our product to tidewater, and I was proud to share that with Premier Rachel Notley while she was in our community to address the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce. Premier Notley has been hard at work, meeting with federal counterparts to help move the Kinder Morgan project forward, and I’m glad she was able to come to Sherwood Park.

I want to thank the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce for hosting the 400-person event. Putting this event together was no small feat after just finishing their largest event, the annual Trade Fair. I deeply appreciate the work of the board, staff, and members who dedicate so much to make our community strong and vibrant.

While speaking to the crowd, Premier Notley made a request — the same she has done with our business, labour, and community leaders across Alberta.

She asked us to talk to our friends, our business contacts, and our Members of Parliament. Ottawa needs to know how important it is this pipeline gets built, so that’s why we need to pick up our phones and fill up their inboxes.

Our community is doing excellent work to promote this pipeline. With your help, tens of thousands of Canadians have already stood with us and made their voices heard, and it’s working.

People are hearing us and understanding why this pipeline matters. By working together, I know we will get the job done.

That’s why I will continue to support all the work our government is doing to ensure Alberta can get a fair price for our energy resources, up to and including the introduction of Bill 12: Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act last week.

This legislation would give Albertans greater control of their resources, would give the Alberta Government the authority to, if necessary, require any company exporting energy products from Alberta to have a license, and would allow the Alberta government to impose restrictions on exports by pipeline, rail or truck.

Essentially, it would give the Alberta Government the ability to effectively turn down the taps to B.C. I want to be clear that we would only use this legislation if it is absolutely necessary to secure the long-term prosperity of Alberta and our energy industry.

Albertans have been clear on this point — do what it takes to get the pipeline built.

Previous governments in this province and in this country have repeatedly failed in their efforts to get pipelines built, and to get Alberta’s energy products to tidewater.

Roadblocks put in place by the B.C. government have caused uncertainty and hurt investor confidence. This, in turn, threatens the hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs that so many Albertan families rely on.

These delays mean we’re not getting the best price for our resources. We’re leaving money on the table because of a lack of pipeline capacity, and the delays are costing the Alberta and Canadian economies millions of dollars in revenue every day.

That revenue could be used to build the roads, schools and hospitals that make life better for all of us.

When Alberta works, Canada works — and Strathcona County works. That is why this pipeline must be built, and that is why our government is doing whatever it takes to get the job done.