Report from the Legislature

October 5, 2017

Report from the Legislature
October 5, 2017
TransCanada has cancelled its application to build the Energy East pipeline.
Energy East would have created thousands of jobs, contributed billions of dollars in tax revenue and
boosted Canada's economy by around $55 billion – all from exclusively private sector investment.
The federal government is blaming "business decisions" for the termination of Energy East. In reality,
they have failed to champion this project and see it through for the benefit of all Canadians.
It is clear that the Trudeau government's energy policies, including their NDP-inspired carbon tax plan,
are to blame for the death of the Energy East pipeline and Canada's energy independence.
The following is a statement from Premier Brad Wall:
Today is not a good day for Canada. It is not a good day for the federation. It is a very bad day for
the west.
TransCanada made the decision to cancel Energy East – but make no mistake, the reasons for it fall at
the feet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government. They have been, at best,
ambivalent about the project and then moved the goalposts at the last moment by asking the
regulator to consider the impact of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.
Imagine if something like this was considered prior to the construction of auto assembly plants in
Ontario or the factories that manufacture heavily subsidized jets in Quebec or the highways and rails
that transport those products.
Former federal Liberal Cabinet Minister, and now Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre cheers the
cancellation of this pipeline. He who leads a city that, just two years ago, used a pipeline to dump 4.9
BILLION litres, or nearly 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence
It is a good thing that Mr. Coderre's hypocrisy needs no pipeline for conveyance, for it would need to
be very large and could never get approved for construction.
When Coderre cheers for the end of this pipeline, he cheers for the imported oil we buy from Saudi
Arabia, where women can now drive, but the public beheadings continue.
He is cheering against an energy sector in our country that employs thousands and has paid, on
average, over the last three years $17 billion annually in taxes and royalties to Canadian
$17 billion is enough to pay for 680 new schools, 1.8 million knee replacements and 4.25 million child
care spaces. We have lost an opportunity to strengthen quality of life in Canada.
Beyond the immediate impact, there are other reasons to be concerned.
A new Liberal carbon tax, new Liberal tax changes for small business (that will hurt many in the
energy sector and farmers), changes to the NEB applied only to this sector and not to others, and
methane regulations that will not be mirrored south of the border, with whom we must compete for
job creating investment dollars.
We have a company that committed more than a billion dollars to a project and made earnest efforts
to address the concerns of the public and regulators. A company that made 700 changes to its plans
as part of that response. Make no mistake, other companies' decisions to invest in Canada will be
informed by this debacle.

The expectation of course from the federal government, and some powerful central Canadian
interests, is that the west will just grin and bear this latest blow to our economy and our people.
That our taxpayers in Saskatchewan and Alberta will continue to send, without question, about $2.5
billion in equalization payments to help support Quebec that receives $11 billion in equalization per
year and $1.4 billion to Ontario. All of this despite the fact that low energy prices have resulted in job
losses and lower revenues for the last four years.
Something needs to change. For the west to continue on like this in our federal system is the
equivalent of having Stockholm syndrome.
The decision by TransCanada to cancel the Energy East project was made because of a lack of interest
and leadership – or worse, intentional decisions and policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his
government. He should answer for this. He needs to be held accountable for this.
His actions and his government's actions may well have some westerners wondering if this country
really values western Canada, the resources we have, and the things we do to contribute to the
national economy and to quality of life for all.

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