High River, AB – Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Workforce, Employment and Labour and Member of Parliament for Foothills, John Barlow, today expressed his disappointment with the Quebec government’s decision to file an injunction against TransCanada and the Energy East Pipeline. The provincial government is trying to force TransCanada to submit an appliction for the project so that it can be evaluated by the Quebec government, something MP Barlow recognized as a result of Justin Trudeau’s politicization of the process on pipelines.
Prime Minister Trudeau has said the Liberal government’s new politicized process instills “public confidence” in pipelines, but in fact it does the opposite. The Government has a responsibility to ensure that Canadian energy can move quickly and safely to domestic and international markets and they are failing all Canadians with their inability to do so.
“Energy East would transport Canadian oil extracted under Canadian environmental and humanitarian guidelines; to Canadian refineries; creating Canadian jobs from Alberta to New Brunswick; and raising revenue to fund essential Canadian social programs,” said MP Barlow. “Canadians want a government committed to creating new economic opportunities; not one that will abandon the natural resources sector.”
Barlow continued, ” If Prime Minister Trudeau is serious about supporting Canada’s energy sector and thousands of unemployed Western Canadians, he will work with Quebec to ensure that projects like Energy East can be developed in a timely and environmentally sustainable manner.”