As I’m sure you are well aware, the clock is now ticking on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. With the announcement by Kinder Morgan on Sunday that all non-essential spending is suspended, our industry has to call on our leaders to demand this critical piece of national infrastructure gets built, and our resource value and jobs are protected.
To that end, grassroots advocates, with the support of groups like Canada’s Energy Citizens and Canada Action, are organizing rallies that will occur in the coming days and weeks.
The first one is being held at Calgary’s McDougall Centre (455 6 St. SW) starting at 4 pm on Tuesday, April 10.
There’s a second one scheduled for 4 pm, Thursday, April 12 at the legislature in Edmonton.
I would also request that you consider attending to show your support.
A few points to consider:
- In Canada we need pipelines – not barricades – to supply the world with more Canadian energy. We live in a growing world that will need more energy. Canada has the energy the world needs but without new pipelines, we cannot move Canadian energy to global customers.
- British Columbia has no jurisdiction to halt the Trans Mountain pipeline. Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline – now’s the time to build it.
- The time to build is now. The Canadian government approved Trans Mountain in the national interest of all Canadians after rigorous scientific and safety reviews. We should be moving forward.
- Building pipelines means creating jobs and building prosperity for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. We sell our resources daily at a discount, we are captive to one customer, the US. We deserve world prices for our products. Think of the schools and health care those incremental dollars could fund.
- More pipelines means Canada could rely less on imported foreign oil and could ship more Canadian energy overseas. Canada has the third-largest reserve of oil in the world yet every day in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada we import 600,000 barrels of oil per day to from the U.S. and overseas.
- Without new pipelines, every new barrel of Canadian oil will have to move by rail or truck. Today Canada’s pipeline network is full, moving nearly 4 million barrels of oil per day, but our production will continue to grow …
- If we do not export Canadian energy, we will be exporting Canadian jobs. Lets not let the minority dictate what happens in our country!