“I am deeply disappointed today to learn that the Energy East hearings have been delayed yet again due to the antics of special interest groups.
To be clear, we respect the right of all Canadians to protest peacefully. It is a fundamental tenet of a free and democratic society and it’s important that everyone is able to express their feelings on a given issue – especially one as important as energy pipelines. That said, we believe that the NEB hearings are not the place for public relations stunts or soap opera-style drama, and it’s well past time for the Prime Minister and his government to step in and take action.
For over a decade, the Canadian economy has been driven by Alberta’s energy sector and all Canadians have enjoyed tremendous prosperity as a result. With the world market shifting and our biggest customer, the United States, now becoming our biggest competitor, it’s imperative that we find ways to access new markets for our energy products. Energy East will undoubtedly help us achieve that goal.
Pipeline access to tidewater is critical to our country’s continued economic prosperity and we believe that it’s the federal government’s job to ensure that projects of national significance are fairly adjudicated. It’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau to do what’s in the national interest and ensure this process continues as soon as possible.