FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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:
“Today, I moved a motion at committee requesting an urgent study of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The Liberals on the committee immediately shut down debate after I made a comprehensive argument to all members to support the motion, as if the expansion is a non-issue although Kinder Morgan’s deadline of May 31 is fast approaching.
“This pipeline is crucial to oil and gas workers across the whole country, to the Canadian economy overall, to the 43 First Nations communities who have benefit agreements worth more than $400 million and to all the First Nations communities directly impacted by the expansion who support it.
Canadian natural resource development creates millions of jobs, provides revenue to all levels of government, and raises the standard of living for Canadians in every community. That’s particularly true of the energy sector, but Liberal policies risk the long-term future of Canadian oil and gas development.
Today, employees at the Vegreville Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Case Processing Centre were told the Liberals plan to shut it down and relocate it to a Crown owned property in downtown Edmonton. There are 280 employees at CPC Vegreville, a quarter of the student population are children of those employees and this decision may impact the jobs of 250 spouses.
Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Deputy Critic for Natural Resources, attended Canada Day festivities in Bruderheim and Vegreville last week.