Ottawa, Ontario – Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, issued the following statement after this morning’s Natural Resources committee meeting:
“Today, I moved a motion at committee requesting an urgent study of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Liberals on the committee immediately shut down debate, after I made a comprehensive argument asking all members to support the motion, as if the expansion is a non-issue despite the fact that Kinder Morgan’s May 31st deadline is fast approaching.
“This pipeline is crucial to oil and gas workers across the whole country, to the Canadian economy overall, to the 43 First Nations communities who have benefit agreements worth more than $400 million, and to all the First Nations communities directly impacted by the expansion who support it.
“The Trans Mountain Expansion will increase market access, improve Canada’s competitiveness and long term prosperity. The project will also benefit provincial and municipal governments across Canada who fund important social programs and services. Despite having completed years of the most comprehensive and rigorous regulatory processes in the world and receiving political approval more than a year and a half ago, Trans Mountain is at risk because of ongoing and additional obstacles, delays, roadblocks, and legal challenges.
“Clearly, the Natural Resources committee should have recognized that the Trans Mountain Expansion is in the national interest, supported my motion and immediately undertaken this important study to contribute to the resolution of this urgent issue. In fact, last week a Liberal member on the Finance committee pointed out that the Natural Resources committee would be the appropriate committee to study this crisis when the Liberals adjourned debate on a similar motion put forward by Conservative MP Tom Kmiec.
“It’s absolutely unacceptable that the Liberals continue to fail Canada’s energy industry and Canadian workers. Prime Minister Trudeau’s policies are driving energy investment out of Canada and it is clear that he has no plan whatsoever to provide certainty for the future of the Trans Mountain Expansion.
“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to champion Canadian energy, innovation, and jobs, and we will continue to fight for the Trans Mountain Expansion.”
For more information, please contact:
Dakota Brasier Office of Shannon Stubbs, MP Shannon.Stubbs.A2@parl.gc.ca 613-992-4171