“We might have a moratorium for now, but this government should have put that in place when they first announced the panel, not two months after the fact,” McIver said. “Those jobs are gone. That investment is gone, and the Minister didn’t even apologize to the thousands of now-unemployed Albertans who face an uncertain future.”
“We’ve told the government since May they are killing jobs and driving investment out of the province,” McIver continued. “Thousands of men and women in the oilpatch have lost their jobs since the May election, and we’ve seen more than $30 billion in investment leave Alberta – most of it to our friends and neighbours to the east.”
“This government needs to say they support our workers and one of our province’s most important industries – and they’ve refused,” McIver added. “But that hasn’t stopped them from campaigning on behalf of their anti-oil friends and cousins. Actions speak louder than words.”
“By finally listening to our caucus, at least the NDP government got one thing right today by promising they wouldn’t make any changes to the royalty structure until the end of next year.”
“Albertans can count on us to continue to fight for their jobs and their livelihood. Clearly, they can’t count on this government to do it for them,” McIver concluded.