Published in the Hill Times, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
When resource industries are attacked, the result is less money for every province, and for the vital public services Canadians depend on. (Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs, The Hill Times, Date: 20181212)
Canada’s economy is losing billions of dollars because the Liberals blocked the export pipelines Canadian oil and gas needs to reach new markets. The reality is the energy sector is booming in the United States and everywhere else, except in Canada and Venezuela. The cause is policy. The result is tens of thousands of jobs at risk in every province—on top of the 100,000 that have already been lost. This is a national economic crisis—and that’s only one part of the natural resources sector in Canada.
Conservatives got pipelines approved and built: 1.2 million new barrels a day are flowing through pipelines approved and built under the previous Conservative government. Almost 500,000 new barrels a day are reaching tidewater.
Despite Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi’s repeated claims the courts quashed Northern Gateway, his government was given the choice. But on Nov. 29, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally announced: “The Government of Canada has directed the National Energy Board to dismiss the application for the Northern Gateway Pipeline.” That decision directly contributed to the current discount on Canadian oil—blocking the Conservative-approved export option to the Asia Pacific, which would have been in service by 2019.
The Liberals killed the Energy East pipeline. Trans Canada cited “the significant changes to the regulatory process” imposed by the Liberals as the reason for halting the application—ending the export option to Europe and to bring western Canadian oil to eastern refineries.
The Trans Mountain expansion remains in peril. For two years after approval, the Liberals failed to give certainty and confidence to the private company that wanted to build it. Minister Sohi claims the purchase of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline is an “investment in our energy sector.” But the expansion faces indefinite delays because the Liberals failed to follow their own consultation plan with Indigenous peoples, having rejected the opportunity to get it right with Northern Gateway and then TMX. The Liberals promised to get shovels in the ground last summer and to introduce legislation to assert federal authority over the Trans Mountain expansion. They’ve done neither. Minister Sohi refuses to put a timeline on when consultations will conclude and when construction will begin.
Despite their words, the Liberals’ actions undermine Canada’s natural resources development and put Canada at a global disadvantage.
The Liberals banned the export of Alberta oil from B.C.’s north coast, with no consultation or science, failed to correct the “dirty oil” propaganda when the U.S. vetoed Keystone XL, defended using Canadian tax dollars to fund TMX protesters through the Canada Summer Jobs program, cancelled the oil and gas exploration drilling tax credit, unilaterally imposed a moratorium on northern oil and gas exploration, added new immediate costs with their methane and fuel regulations, and have taken no concrete action to address the price discount, except to promote more employment insurance.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association said the Liberals' “no more pipelines” Bill C-69 will ensure no pipeline is built in Canada again. As part of their omnibus fall budget bill, they give cabinet the power to block the shipment of oil from any Canadian coast.
Their changes in Bill C-68 and Bill C-69 will significantly hinder new or expanded mining development in Canada and hydro-electric and nuclear power generation.
The Liberals’ job-killing carbon tax—the only carbon tax in the top 10 oil-producing countries in the world—will raise the cost on all natural resource projects, and rural communities in particular, killing jobs in forestry, mining, as well as oil and gas.
This is a national crisis, and an emergency for Canada. The wealth created in the oil and gas sector enriches every province in Canada, both directly and indirectly. Mining and forestry are the lifeblood of remote and rural communities across Canada. When these industries are attacked, the result is less money for every province, and for the vital public services Canadians depend on.
Investors have taken note of the Liberals' policy direction—and they are pulling their investments, and Canadian jobs with them. Capital investment in Canada’s oil and natural gas sector has dropped by over half since 2014.
Andrew Scheer and Canada’s Conservatives will repeal Bill C-69, scrap the job-killing carbon tax, and give hope to rural communities. Conservatives will establish firm timelines for pipeline approvals, invoke constitutional authority to build major projects when necessary, and eliminate foreign interference in the approvals process.
The future of energy development is the most pressing domestic economic question facing Canada today. Government policy caused this mess, and it’s in the government's hands to fix it.
Published in the Calgary Herald December 8, 2018
Canada's economy is losing billions of dollars because the Liberals blocked the export pipelines Canadian oil and gas needs to reach new markets. Thousands of jobs are at risk - on top of the 100,000 that have already been lost. This is a national economic crisis.
Conservatives get pipelines approved: 1.2 million new barrels a day are flowing through pipelines approved and built under the previous Conservative government. Almost 500,000 new barrels a day are reaching tidewater.
Justin Trudeau's messenger to Alberta, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, has tried to tell Albertans that Trudeau "has their back." Their actions show the opposite.
On Nov. 29, 2016, Trudeau personally announced, "The government of Canada has directed the National Energy Board to dismiss the application for the Northern Gateway Pipeline." That decision directly contributed to the current discount on Canadian oil by blocking the Conservative-approved export option to Asia-Pacific markets.
The Liberals killed the Energy East pipeline. Trans Canada cited "the significant changes to the regulatory process" imposed by the Liberals as the reason for halting the application, ending the export option to Europe and to bring Canadian oil to eastern refineries.
The Trans Mountain expansion remains in peril. For two years after approval, the Liberals failed to give certainty and confidence to the private company they wanted to build it. Sohi claims the purchase of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline is an "investment in our energy sector." But the expansion faces indefinite delays because the Liberals failed to follow their own consultation plan with Indigenous Peoples. The Liberals promised to get shovels in the ground last summer and to introduce legislation to assert federal authority over the Trans Mountain expansion. They have done neither. Sohi refuses to put a timeline on when construction will begin.
From the day they took office, the Liberals have done everything in their power to undermine Canada's oil and gas sector.
This is a prime minister who said he wants to phase out Canada's oil and gas industry. He is making good on that promise. He called construction and oil workers a threat to rural communities.
The Liberals banned the export of Alberta oil from B.C.'s north coast; they stood silent when the United States vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline; they failed to correct the "dirty oil" propaganda; they cancelled the oil and gas exploration drilling tax credit; they unilaterally imposed a moratorium on northern oil and gas exploration; they imposed a job-killing carbon tax - the only top 10 oil-producing country to do so; they added new costs with their methane regulations; and they voted against every single motion Conservatives put forth to kick-start pipeline construction.
They passed Bill C-69 - the "no new pipelines bill" - that the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association says will ensure no pipeline is built in Canada again. As part of their omnibus fall budgetbill, they give cabinet the power to block the shipment of oil from any Canadian coast.
The proof of the Liberals' failure is that the Bank is Canada predicts no new investment in oil and gas after 2019.
This is a national crisis and it is a crisis for workers, families and communities. It is harming Alberta and harming Canada. For the thousands who are already out of work, and the thousands who are wondering if tomorrow will be their last day on the job, many can't help but think Justin Trudeau created this mess. Why won't he do anything to fix it?
Andrew Scheer and Canada's Conservatives are fighting for energy workers and their families every single day. Conservatives will repeal Bill C-69, scrap the job-killing carbon tax and end the tanker ban. Conservatives will establish firm timelines for pipeline approvals, invoke constitutional authority to build major projects and eliminate foreign interference in the approvals process.
To fix the crisis in Canada's energy sector, Conservatives need your help to defeat Justin Trudeau in 2019.
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Ottawa, ON - Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, released the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s comments in Calgary:
“The Prime Minister is deceiving Canadians when he says he supports Canada’s energy sector. He personally gave the order to cancel the Northern Gateway pipeline and killed the Energy East pipeline with red tape and regulations. The Prime Minister made the choice to cancel two major export pipelines– and that choice is a direct cause of the price discount on Canadian oil.
“Last summer the Prime Minister promised construction would begin on the Trans Mountain Expansion when the government purchased the project. That has turned out to be false. When asked if the construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion would begin next spring, all the Prime Minister could offer was a weak, “I hope so.” This response is unacceptable after spending $4.5 billion tax dollars to buy the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
“When asked about investments in Canada being cancelled as a result of his ‘no more pipelines’ Bill C-69, the Prime Minister said, quote, “I’m not really going to engage with hypotheticals right now.” The reality is that Bill C-69 will halt investment in Canada’s energy sector. Industry associations, indigenous organizations and large employers have made it clear, if C-69 goes forward, large projects will not proceed. This will cost Canada hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars a year.
“The Prime Minister also stated, that “if anyone comes forward with constructive suggestions on how we can improve C-69…we are listening.” Canadian oil and gas experts and job creators have been clear: Bill C-69 needs to be cancelled or completely re-written. Just this week Total Energy Services announced they were leaving Canada after 22 years of doing business here – their CEO specifically mentioned Bill C-69 was the final straw. The fact is that the Prime Minister’s anti-energy policies are killing Canadian jobs.
“The Prime Minister also deceived those in the energy sector when he said the accelerated capital costs announced in the budget will help the oil and gas sector. The Liberal mini-budget allows the manufacturing sector to write off 100% of new capital costs. However, pipelines and oil and gas equipment do not qualify for this benefit. For the energy sector, in most cases the Liberals are only allowing 15% of capital costs to be written off, and in some cases, as low as 6%.
“The Prime Minister has presided over the greatest loss of investment in Canadian energy since the 1940s. So far over $100 billion has been cancelled in energy projects on Justin Trudeau’s watch. The Bank of Canada has predicted zero new investment in Canadian oil and gas after 2019. This is a direct consequence of his anti-energy policies.
“The only solution to the price discount on Canadian oil, and the flight of capital from the energy sector is to defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019. Only a Conservative government will fix the Prime Minister’s sabotage of Canada’s oil and gas sector and bring investment back to Canada.”
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Two Hills, AB — On Wednesday, Member of Parliament Shannon Stubbs rose in the House of Commons to speak about the rich Ukrainian history in the riding of Lakeland Alberta.
The video of the statement can be found here:
This is the text of her statement:
“Ukrainians help build Canada, especially Lakeland. In 1891, they first came to Lamont County where I grew up, the “Cradle of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada” that celebrates the arrival of the first 125 families.
In 1903, my father in -law's family by train to lnnisfree to clear land and plant crops likely before they built houses, like so many others. By 1930, over 50,000 Ukrainians called Alberta home, the biggest community outside Ukraine.
This fall, Lloydminster and Nikopol became sister cities to observe and advance shared past and future. From churches, festivals, the Ukrainian village, the Victoria Settlement near Smoky Lake, the “Garlic Dome” in St. Paul, to the world's largest pysanka in Vegreville, a giant pierogi in Glendon, and kielbasa in Mundare, symbols of Ukrainian food, faith, family, language and culture dot Lakeland. So we remember Holodomor, the communist genocide against Ukrainians, and the people of Maidan who began a movement for a just and free democracy five years ago Canada can and must fight with Ukraine against ongoing threats and for its sovereignty.”
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TWO HILLS, ALBERTA– Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, today released the following statement regarding the Keystone XL pipeline’s latest setback:
“Today’s ruling demonstrates yet again why Canada must build new pipelines to export environmentally responsible Canadian oil and gas to new markets. If the Liberals hadn’t vetoed Northern Gateway and killed Energy East with last minute regulatory changes, Canada would have two new export pipelines. Instead the Liberals killed both.
“The reality is Justin Trudeau has never championed Keystone XL. His weak response to the US veto of Keystone XL in 2015 was to simply say he was ‘disappointed.’ He failed to correct the repeated American myth that Canadian oil is ‘dirty’ – at a time when the United States imported record levels of Canadian oil. He failed to correct the record on Canada’s stronger environmental standards for oil and gas. He failed to make the case to American decision makers and failed to support TransCanada in the courts or through the NAFTA dispute resolution mechanism.
Unbelievably, all Minister Sohi has to say today is that he is “disappointed.” He failed to propose any action.
“Prime Minster Justin Trudeau and Minister Sohi must be more than “disappointed,” they must act to help Keystone XL overcome this latest hurdle. The Liberals must use every tool in the toolbox to get this pipeline built.
“There are a range of options the Liberals could pursue, including providing logistical and legal support to the appeal, and lobbying key decision makers in the United States to ensure every option to get Keystone XL is built. If the Liberals don’t do these things, it’s up to them to tell Canadians what they are going to do, beyond expressing ‘disappointment’ from the sidelines.
“Conservatives have backed Keystone XL every step of the way. Conservatives approved the pipeline in 2010. In 2012 the Conservative Government launched a major multiyear lobbying effort which successfully secured the support of the majority of US lawmakers. In 2016 Conservatives called for the Liberals to support TransCanada’s NAFTA appeal of the Keystone XL veto.
“The lack of pipeline capacity to bring Canadian oil and gas to international markets is a national economic crisis. The discount on Canadian oil is costing Canada hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy and manufacturing sectors, decreasing the value of Canada’s financial markets, and depriving Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments of billions of dollars in lost taxes.
“The consequence of the Liberals’ decision to kill new pipelines to export markets while the United States ramped up production and removed their ban on exporting American oil in 2015 has resulted in the United States becoming Canada’s biggest competitor and customer for oil and gas, while Canada’s energy remains landlocked and captive to US purchasers.
“The Prime Minister’s failures have stalled the Trans Mountain Expansion, even after they spent $4.5 billion Canadian tax dollars, and the Liberals’ ‘no more pipelines’ Bill C-69, will guarantee no new pipelines get proposed or approved in Canada in the future.
The crisis for Canada’s energy sector is a crisis for the whole Canadian economy. The Liberals’ failures and damaging policies continue to sabotage the Canadian oil and gas sector -and Canadians are the ones who are paying the price.”
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Ottawa, ON —Member of Parliament Shannon Stubbs tabled in the House of Commons the final collection of petitions calling on the Liberal Government to not close the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Case Processing Centre in Vegreville. Even though the Case Processing Centre officially closed September 1st 2018, signed petitions continued to be submitted to Shannon Stubbs office.
This final petition included another 2,600 signatures of local residents who oppose the relocation of the Case Processing Centre.
Commenting on the tabling of the petition Ms. Stubbs said, “I am incredibly proud of how the entire community of Vegreville has pulled together in this difficult time. The Respect Vegreville campaign was a national force to be reckoned with. The fact is Vegreville employees far exceeded targets consistently and backed up other offices. It will cost millions more to operate in the new office, for little gain.”
She continued, “even after the closure, thousands of signatures from across Alberta and Canada kept arriving in support. Vegreville workers, Albertans and rural Canadians know the Prime Minister failed them and will not forget it. The residents of Vegreville will remember this decision by the Liberal Government come election time.”
Shannon Stubbs is available for comment on this story.
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Ottawa, ON – Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, and Cathy McLeod, Conservative Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, today released the following statement in response to the government’s announcement regarding the Trans Mountain Expansion:
“Today, the Liberals once again failed Canadian workers and their families and many Indigenous communities. Getting the Trans Mountain Expansion built should be Justin Trudeau’s top priority. But instead, he spent $4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money and still can’t tell workers when construction will start or when this important project will be completed. Canadian families cannot wait until next year for a plan. For the workers and communities affected by Justin Trudeau’s failure, every day counts.
“The Federal Court of Appeal gave the Liberals clear directions to address their failure to properly consult with Indigenous communities. But instead of following those directions, the government announced they will launch another process, with no timeline, that will only further delay construction. That is absolutely unacceptable.
“The Trans Mountain Expansion is crucial to oil and gas workers across Canada and to the regional economies that stand to benefit from its expansion, including the 43 First Nation communities that have benefit agreements worth $400 million which now hang in the balance.
“Thousands of workers have lost their jobs because of Justin Trudeau’s failure. The Prime Minister has a responsibility to use every available tool at his disposal to get the Trans Mountain Expansion built.
“Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to get Trans Mountain built and to reverse Justin Trudeau’s damaging anti-energy policies and make Canada an attractive and competitive place for energy investment. An Andrew Scheer Government will fix the mess that the Liberals have made, restore investor confidence and get Canadians back to work.”
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OTTAWA, ON – Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, today released the following statement regarding LNG Canada’s final investment decision:
“Canada’s Conservatives welcome this important investment in Canada’s energy sector. Our previous Conservative government championed LNG Canada through the approvals process and provided regulatory certainty for major resource projects because Conservatives know all Canadians stand to benefit from resource jobs and opportunities.
“While Justin Trudeau showed up for the final photo-op and tried to take credit for this investment, the reality is that it took years of Conservative action behind the scenes to get this project over the finish line.
“In fact, the Province of British Columbia had to agree to exempt LNG Canada from Justin Trudeau’s job killing carbon tax hike in order to ensure that it went ahead. This is just another example of how Liberal policies are impeding resource development in Canada and driving away private sector investment.
“Under Justin Trudeau’s watch more than $100 billion worth of oil and gas projects have been cancelled, including the $35 billion Pacific Northwest LNG project, the $28 billion Aurora LNG project, and the $15 billion Grassy Point LNG project. Canada’s Conservatives will reverse Justin Trudeau’s damaging anti-energy policies and make Canada both a destination of choice for energy development and a major supplier of oil and gas for the world’s growing demand in the future.”
This project was submitted for approval after the previous Conservative Government made significant changes to the environmental assessment process to provide certainty to natural resource developers.
This project benefited from the substitution process that was introduced in 2012, which allowed the provincial environmental assessment to also be used as the federal environmental assessment. This reduced duplication, allowing for the facility permits to be granted by the end of 2015.
Here is the relevant timeline on the regulatory process:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012 comes into force - July 6, 2012
Applied to National Energy Board for 25 year export license - July 27, 2012
National Energy Board approved export license - February 4, 2013
Canada allows BC environment assessment to substitute - May 21, 2013
BC Environmental Assessment Office submitted - November 7, 2014
Conservative Budget 2015 provides significant incentives to LNG (Accelerated capital cost allowances to encourage construction) - April 21, 2015
- BC Environmental Assessment complete - June 17, 2015
Environment Minister Aglukkaq approves environmental assessment - June 17, 2015
BC Oil & Gas Commission application submitted - February 2015
BC Government grants LNG Facility Permit authorizing construction - December 22, 2015
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Edmonton, AB – Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and the Conservative Shadow Minister of Natural Resources, today released the following statement in response to the Prime Minister’s comments regarding the Trans Mountain Expansion:
“Today, Justin Trudeau was given multiple opportunities in Edmonton to outline his plan to get the Trans Mountain Expansion built and Canadians back to work. Instead, he chose to rely on empty rhetoric. That is unacceptable. The Federal Court of Appeal couldn’t have been clearer: he and his government failed. Now, Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for a $4.5 billion pipeline and because of Justin Trudeau’s failure it may not ever be built.
“Thousands of workers have lost their jobs because of Justin Trudeau’s failure. They deserve federal leadership and a clear plan. When will construction start and when will this project be completed?
“Clearly the Liberals were completely unprepared for the court’s decision and are now scrambling. How can the Prime Minister tell Albertans that ‘he gets it’ while refusing to come clean with families who now don’t know how they are going to make ends meet?
“Worse still, Justin Trudeau’s failure to get the Trans Mountain Expansion built is now threatening other expansions in the oil and gas sector, adding to the total number of jobs at risk. Albertans, and indeed all Canadians, deserve better.”
Shannon Stubbs, Conservative Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, issued the following statement after this morning’s Natural Resources committee meeting: