EDMONTON, AB (March 7, 2016): After the NDP government promised energy workers in the coal sector that they would be protected from job loss, TransCanada announced the cancellation of three of its coal contracts today due to NDP government policies.
In November, Premier Rachel Notley promised communities that depend on the vitality of coal plants that, “no one should disproportionately carry the cost of this necessary conversion.”
“Today’s announcement shows NDP policies are making more parts of our energy sector unviable and on an accelerated timeline,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “This is the first domino to fall for workers in the electricity industry and the government has failed to show how they will look after the workers and families who will be impacted by these decisions.”
Plants that will be affected by today’s announcement include the Sheerness power plant near Hanna and the Sundance A and B plants near Wabamun. The Sheerness power plant wasn’t scheduled to close until 2030 and has been heavily investing in clean air technologies. Currently, the coal mine and the plant employ over 250 workers.
Wildrose Shadow Electricity & Renewables Minister Don MacIntyre said people in Hanna are being punished by bad NDP policy.
“The citizens aren’t being protected. The NDP should have ensured there was a plan in place for these workers before it taxed the community out of existence,” MacIntyre said. “This is a serious failure on the part of this government.”