Gateway Gazette

Liberals Abandon Canadian Jobs and the Natural Resource Sector

Ottawa, ON (February 1″, 2016) – Official Opposition Deputy Critic and Member of Parliament for Foothills John Barlow is disappointed to see the Liberals vote against standing up for jobs and the economy.

This evening the Liberals rose in the House of Commons and showed Canadians that jobs, growth and the economy are not their priority. Last week, Conservative Members of Parliament tabled a motion asking the government to recognize the importance of the energy sector and to express support for the Energy East Pipeline.

“This is a vital piece of infrastructure that will carry a Canadian resource, extracted under Canadian standards and create Canadian jobs,” said Barlow, a member of the Parliamentary Natural Resources committee. “Today, the Liberal Government made a bold and concerning statement – Canadian jobs and Canadian families are not a priority.”

By voting against this motion the Liberal Party has clearly demonstrated it does not have the best interest of Canadians, and it does not recognize the desire by many provinces to see the Energy East Pipeline built. It is unfortunate that the Liberal Party does not believe in the National Energy Board and Canada’s pipeline operators and the hard work they do to ensure pipelines transport oil safely.

Background

On Thursday January 28, 2016 the Conservative Party put forward the following motion: That, given this time of economic uncertainty, the House: (a) recognize the importance of the energy sector to the
Canadian economy and support its development in an environmentally sustainable way; (b) agree that
pipelines are the safest way to transport oil; (c) acknowledge the desire for the Energy East pipeline
expressed by the provincial governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick; and (d) express its support for the Energy East pipeline currently under consideration.

The Conservative Party believes that new proposals for energy infrastructure can create Canadian jobs and further replace foreign crude in Quebec and Atlantic Canada with a secure source of Canadian crude.

Energy East will generate thousands of jobs across the country. In fact, it will support over 14,000 jobs annually during a nine-year development and construction stage, and an additional 3,300 each year in the first 20 years of operations according to the latest estimates from the Conference Board of Canada.

The Energy East pipeline is an opportunity that will help get Canadian products to tidewaters and increase our market access in an environmentally safe and sustainable way. It will also provide more reliable, competitively-priced crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and Quebec.

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