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Media release - A PPC government will remove obstacles to pipeline construction

Mundare, ALBERTA, September 12, 2021 – A PPC government will repeal laws adopted by the Trudeau government that stifle the growth of the oil industry and will reassert federal jurisdiction over pipelines construction. The leader of the People’s Party, Maxime Bernier, made this commitment at a campaign stop in Mundare, Alberta.

Statement by Maxime Bernier:

“Under the influence of radical environmental activists and American left-wing foundations, the Trudeau government has done everything it can to stifle the growth of Canada’s oil industry by preventing it from transporting and selling its products.

Because of these constraints, capital investments have collapsed. Our overdependence on the American market for exports also costs the Canadian economy billions of dollars in foregone revenues every year. Alberta’s economy has suffered a major setback, with tens of thousands of jobs disappearing.

If oil doesn’t come from Alberta and Saskatchewan, it will come from elsewhere, mostly countries with poor environmental or human rights standards. And if it is not transported by pipelines, it will be transported by rail, a much more dangerous method for both the environment and humans. The oil and gas industry should be allowed to grow, export its products, and bring prosperity to our country.

A People’s Party government will counter anti-oil and anti-pipeline propaganda from radical environmentalists and foreign foundations; repeal Bill C-48; repeal Bill C-69; approve pipelines projects using a streamlined process; find a private buyer for Trans Mountain; reassert federal jurisdiction over pipelines construction by invoking section 92(10) of our Constitution, whereby Parliament can declare any project to be for the general advantage of Canada; and finally, it will work with industry and with our American partners to possibly revive cancelled projects and keep Line 5 in operation.”

The People’s Party’s updated platform on pipelines is available here.

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