Statement on Justin Trudeau’s Comments Regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline


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.”

Liberals shut down debate on Trans Mountain study at Natural Resources Committee

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.

Liberal Government Must Champion and Support Canada’s Dynamic Natural Resources Sector

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.

Liberal Plan to Relocate Vegreville Case Processing Centre Will Devastate Community

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.

Stubbs Blames Uncertainty and Hostile Conditions for Delay of Energy East

WINNIPEG, MB--TransCanada has announced plans to suspend its application for the Energy East Pipeline Project, and indicated it may not proceed with the pipeline.

“The decision to suspend the review process for Energy East is yet another hit for workers and their families, who depend on energy jobs. It is a vital infrastructure and nation building project: it would actually tie together eastern and western Canada physically, economically, and symbolically,” said Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Official Opposition Shadow Minister of Natural Resources. “Pipelines and other energy projects have always undergone rigorous reviews. But the Liberals continue to put up roadblocks to pipelines, holding them to a completely different standard than any other infrastructure project in the country.”

Lakeland MP named as Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Natural Resources

Two Hills, AB—On August 30th, 2017, Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition, announced the new Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland, was named Opposition Shadow Minister for Natural Resources.

“I am honoured to be given the opportunity to stand up for Canadians in a file that matters so much to the people I represent. Throughout the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with two strong critics: Hon. Candice Bergen, MP for Portage—Lisgar, and Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack—Hope. They have both served Canadians well and I look forward to continuing the work we’ve done together,” said MP Stubbs.

Natural Resources Minister Won’t Back Canadian Oil and Gas

OTTAWA, ON—Shannon Stubbs, the Member of Parliament for Lakeland and the Deputy Critic for Natural Resources questioned Natural Resources Minister, Jim Carr, at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Shannon Stubbs offered the following statement:  

“My Opposition colleagues and I asked very direct questions to the Minister. He deflected and refused to answer. He celebrated Canadian mining, forestry, but downplayed Canadian energy. I asked if he believes Canada produces the most environmentally and socially responsible oil and gas in the world. His response? That he is ‘not in a position to know what metrics [are being referred to] to say that it’s the most or the best.’ How can energy workers, scientists and innovators, who have made Canada a competitive and global energy leader, trust a Minister who won’t stand up for their successes and their jobs, and doesn’t seem to know the facts?

Joint Statement by the Opposition House Leaders on the Liberals’ Parliamentary Power Grab

Today the Liberal government voted against an Opposition proposal that would require all-party support for recommendations to overhaul the rules of Parliament.

By doing so the Liberal government has confirmed its intention to run roughshod over the Opposition’s rights to hold the Government to account. This is truly regrettable.

Liberal Report Fails Mining Sector

OTTAWA – In a report tabled in the House last week, Conservative Members of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope and Critic for Natural Resources, Shannon Stubbs, MP for Lakeland and Deputy Critic for Natural Resources and John Barlow, MP for Foothills called on the Minister of Natural Resources to take action on a number of urgent concerns facing Canada’s mining sector.

Ambrose Presses Liberals on Vegreville Office Closure

OTTAWA—Conservative Official Opposition Leader, Rona Ambrose, questioned the Liberals’ deliberate attack on rural Canadians during Question Period today.

“Older, smaller, and poorer are not my words. They are the words of the mayor of Vegreville about the fate that awaits the town if the Liberals close the immigration centre. He warns of a crash in home values and an exodus of students and young people. It will be a devastating blow to the people and the future of this small community,” said Ambrose. “The mayor said ‘This is exactly the opposite of what the government promised to do for rural Canada in the last election.’ Why is the Prime Minister attacking rural Canada?”