“Our caucus is pleased to see the Trans Mountain expansion approved by the federal government today and we are cautiously optimistic that the project will eventually put Albertans to work and bring our oil to tidewater. But as Karen Mahon, member of the Premier Notley’s Oil Sands Advisory Group and anti-pipeline activist, pointed out in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun, just because government issues a permit, doesn’t necessarily mean the pipeline will be built. It’s particularly concerning when she insists “the world doesn’t need this pipeline” anyway.
It is disappointing to see an advisor to this government argue that despite the NDP’s aggressive and economically damaging Climate Leadership Plan, it will not be enough to obtain the social license needed to make this pipeline a reality. It is equally disappointing to know that environmental policies in Alberta have no bearing on the opinions of those who oppose these projects.
The politics of pipelines in Canada have very little, if any, correlation to environmental policies and protestors have made it clear that they are prepared to use every tool at their disposal to delay this project indefinitely. We call on Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Notley to stand firm in the face of this opposition and do everything in their power to make sure shovels actually hit the ground.”