Standing Up For Alberta, Getting Pipelines Built

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“Alberta is in a jobs crisis after four years of economic stagnation and decline under the NDP. Shortly after becoming Premier, Rachel Notley said that Alberta is ‘the embarrassing cousin that no one wants to talk about’. That apologetic attitude and the NDP alliance with Justin Trudeau emboldened those seeking to damage our vital economic interests. The NDP alliance with Justin Trudeau has cost us thousands of jobs and we haven’t gained a single thing. Under a United Conservative government, the dynamic would change. We would move from the NDP’s passive, defensive, apologetic approach to a strong, assertive, and strategic defence of our economy, our workers, and our way of life. We would not roll over and let Justin Trudeau destroy Alberta jobs. We will stand up for ourselves and for the Canadian prosperity that our wealth brings. A United Conservative government would stand up for Alberta.”

To Stand Up for Pipelines, for Jobs, and for Alberta, a United Conservative Government Will:

  • Pursue every possible pipeline project to get our oil and gas to market. This includes two stalled projects: Keystone XL and Trans Mountain. It also includes fighting to re-start Energy East and Northern Gateway, and to complete Line 3. And we will support every other proposed avenue of progress.
  • Immediately file a constitutional challenge to strike down Justin Trudeau’s “No More Pipelines” Bill C-69 (should it become law) as a violation of Section 92 of the Constitution Act, which gives Alberta clear, exclusive jurisdiction over the production of oil and gas.
  • Use the “Turn off the Taps” legislation should provinces, including British Columbia, continue to obstruct the construction of pipelines.
  • Build an interprovincial coalition of provinces which support jobs, pipelines, and our energy industry, making it a top issue in federal- provincial relations.
  • Hold a referendum on removing equalization from the Constitution Act on October 18, 2021 if substantial progress is not made on construction of a coastal pipeline, and if Trudeau’s Bill C-69 is not repealed.

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Pipelines are how we get our oil and gas to market for sale. The lack of pipeline capacity causes the price for our oil to go down and prevents further investment.

Together, the Trudeau-Notley alliance has taken numerous steps to harm Alberta’s long-term interests, including:

Surrendering to President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL, a project that would have created thousands of jobs.

Scrapping Northern Gateway, a pipeline to the Pacific which Premier Notley opposed.

Regulating the Energy East pipeline out of existence.

Giving the B.C. NDP a blank cheque to delay and block the Trans Mountain pipeline, while still receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in discretionary federal transfers.

Giving Quebec a veto over New Brunswick’s effort to revive the Energy East project while providing Quebec a $1.3 billion increase in equalization.

Pushing the “tanker ban,” Bill C-48, and the “No More Pipelines Act,” Bill C-69, through the House of Commons.

Extending the unfair equalization program by 5 years without discussion.

The NDP signed a $3.7 billion contract – one of the largest single expenditures in Alberta history – to lease rails cars for three years. Since the private sector was already expanding oil-by-rail capacity significantly, it is irresponsible to borrow such an enormous sum of money to lease these rail cars.

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