Blaine Calkins, MP Red Deer – Lacombe, Chair of Alberta Conservative Caucus, issued the following statement on behalf of Alberta Caucus regarding the lack of support for pipelines from the four Alberta Liberal Members of Parliament and one Alberta NDP Member of Parliament.
“Earlier this week, we were proud to stand up for Albertans and vote in favour of an important project that will create jobs and reinvigorate the oil sector in my home province. We were extremely disappointed to see the members from Edmonton Centre, Edmonton Strathcona, Edmonton Mill Woods, Calgary Centre and Calgary Skyview all vote against their province’s need for Energy East,” said Calkins.
The Conservative motion was as follows:
That, given this time of economic uncertainty, the House: (a) recognize the importance of the energy sector to the Canadian economy and support its development in an environmentally sustainable way; (b) agree that pipelines are the safest way to transport oil; (c) acknowledge the desire for the Energy East pipeline expressed by the provincial governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick; and (d) express its support for the Energy East pipeline currently under consideration.
“No other oil exporting country has a better track record on environmental sustainability, human rights, and social justice than Canada” said Calkins. “Every Canadian depends on the use of fossil fuels in their day to day lives, and Energy East should be a project that unites Canadians, not divide us.”