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Red Deer – Lacombe MLA Blaine Calkins sets the record straight on pipelines


From a Facebook submission by Red Deer – Blaine Calkins, MP for Lacombe

I don’t know about you Alberta, but I have “so far” with the Liberals attacking our energy sector. Since 2015, they’ve done everything they can to roll back previously approved pipelines, ban tankers on the West Coast (while conveniently ignoring the import of foreign oil on the East Coast), and create a regulatory quagmire that makes building a pipeline in this country next to impossible. This means that billions of dollars of investment have been driven out of Canada and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost.

“But the Conservatives under Harper never built a pipeline” is the cry of the Liberals and those who strive to defend them! Nonsense!

The Libs have been trying to sell this bogus bill since 2016, and it hasn’t held up, but since so many people like to keep repeating this nonsense, I think it’s time to set the record straight. hour on the pipelines once again.

Fact: 4 major pipelines were built in Canada between 2006 and 2015.

It should be noted that between the years of 2006 and 2011, Prime Minister Harper had two minority governments, which hampered the ability of the government of the day to change laws and regulations that would streamline the application process for major projects. .

After forming a majority government in 2011, the late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced Bill C-38, the Jobs, Growth and Prosperity Act, which, among other things, created a predictable, thorough and streamlined approach to issuing certificates for major pipelines. . It did not remove environmental regulations, but rather established timelines for regulatory reviews and created a predictable timeline for energy companies wishing to invest in Canada. I had the honor of chairing the finance subcommittee reviewing Bill C-38, which was passed in 2012.

Over the next three years of the Conservative majority term, and based on signals of support for industry, jobs in Alberta have flourished and we have had near full employment numbers for most of Prime Minister Harper’s term. as prime minister.

In 2015, the Trudeau Liberals inherited billions of dollars in energy projects that have either been fully approved or are progressing well toward approval. Unfortunately, many of these projects were either killed directly by the Prime Minister or rendered unviable by the Liberals’ disastrous anti-energy policies and bills like C-48 (tanker ban) and C-69 (no more pipelines ) that created economic uncertainty that caused investments to flee our country, as well as well-paying jobs:

Energy East – applied in August 2013, then reversed by TransCanada in 2017, citing “existing and likely future delays resulting from the regulatory process (more like a backlog of paperwork and environmental requirements that even imported oil doesn’t have to comply)” the associated financial implications and increasingly difficult issues and obstacles. Project value – $15.7 billion https://www.cbc.ca/…/transcanada-energy-east-1.4338227

North Gate – applied in May 2010, approved by the Conservative government in June 2014. Despite the support of industry and Aboriginal communities, Justin Trudeau kept his election promise and canceled this pipeline in November 2016. Project value – $7 billion

Keystone XL – implemented in June 2005, Canadian part approved by the Conservative government in 2007. The American part of the project was rejected by President Obama in 2015, re-approved by President Trump in 2017 (which was reaffirmed in 2019) and more recently canceled by President Biden in January 2021. Despite the billions of dollars invested by the province of Alberta in this project, Trudeau only indicated his disappointment with the decision. Project value – $8 billion https://pm.gc.ca/…/statement-prime-minister-canada…
Trans Mountain Pipeline – applied in 2013, this project was a privately funded project with the support of no less than 12 energy companies. In 2018, after changing the rules of this project almost daily, the Liberal government was forced to buy the old pipeline from Kinder Morgan at a cost of $4.5 billion, and is now on the verge of building new ones. constructions with a project value of $12.5 billion (an increase of $5.2 billion since 2013) https://www.Reuters.com/…/us-canada-pipeline…

Today the Liberal government faces new pipeline problems as Enbridge’s Line 5 may be shut down by the Governor of Michigan – Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline carries Canadian oil to the east, crossing Wisconsin and Michigan, supplying about half of the oil needs of Ontario and Quebec. Additionally, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project is in jeopardy as there are increasing calls in the United States for a water permit needed for the project. To this day, the Liberals remain silent on their plans to address these pressing issues.

It is worth mentioning that unemployment rates in Alberta from 2005 to 2015 were on average 2% lower than those in the rest of Canada. Since December 2015, the first full month the Liberals formed government, unemployment rates in Alberta have risen and remained above the national average. (https://economicdashboard.alberta.ca/Unemployment…)

So, let’s set the record straight. Conservatives are building pipelines, cutting red tape, creating jobs, and the whole country is prospering. The Liberals are canceling lucrative energy projects, creating unemployment, fomenting uncertainty and only creating a toxic investment climate. The only thing that hurts Alberta’s economy more than a Liberal government is a Trudeau Liberal government.

Fortunately, Erin O’Toole has a plan to drive the Liberals out of power and get Albertans and all Canadians back to work.

We will highlight the excellent environmental record of our energy sector, which is improving every day. I expect the NDP and the Greens to twist the facts against Alberta energy, but the Liberals should have learned long ago about the risk of gambling with Alberta’s energy sector, not to feed the disinformation of the Greens and the NDP.