Time to “restart the energy conversation” in Canada, says Senator
Ottawa – Alberta Senator Doug Black is launching a cross-country speaking tour this spring that will engage Canadians in a meaningful conversation on the challenges and opportunities of Canada’s energy future. The tour will focus on restarting the energy conversation and overcoming the current stalemate facing energy project development.
“It’s time to restart the conversation, get beyond the acrimony, and talk about how to get to solutions,” he said. “This tour is about bringing people together to achieve a constructive dialogue on Canada’s energy future.”
Canada’s Energy Agenda; Getting it Right is the title of the national speaking tour in partnership with the
Economic Club of Canada. Business, aboriginal and innovation leaders as well as policymakers are panelists that will address some the important themes of:
– Achieving aboriginal engagement
– Excelling at environmental innovation
– Obtaining market access for Canadian energy
Canada’s energy role is being challenged on many fronts. The “Getting it Right” tour will provide an opportunity to refocus on the obstacles to advancing the future of energy and Canadian prosperity.
“Everyone’s heard about the delays with the Keystone, Northern Gateway, Energy East and Trans Mountain projects,” said Senator Black. “The reality is we won’t move forward with these projects and market access until we engage First Nations people; and we won’t get engagement unless we demonstrate that we’re an environmental leader – and are committed to being that leader.”
The Senator will take advantage of the tour to speak with young Canadians, community organizations and schools to advance energy literacy in Canada.
“Let’s act to develop our valuable energy resources in a way that ensures a sustained natural and economic environment for future generations,” concluded Senator Black.