State­ment on Trans-Moun­tain pipe­line: Premier Not­ley

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch -

We are get­ting a chance to break our land­lock. We’re get­ting a chance to sell to China and other new mar­kets at bet­ter prices. We’re get­ting a chance to re­duce our de­pen­dence on one mar­ket, and there­fore to be more eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent. And we’re get­ting a chance to pick our­selves up and move for­ward again.

Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley has is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment re­gard­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions on energy in­fra­struc­ture.

“To be­gin, I want to thank Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau and his gov­ern­ment for ap­prov­ing these energy in­fra­struc­ture projects, which are crit­i­cally im­por­tant to the eco­nomic fu­ture of the peo­ple of Al­berta.

“Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau is show­ing some ex­tra­or­di­nary lead­er­ship to­day. Our prov­ince has been bru­tally slammed by the col­lapse in com­mod­ity prices.

It has been a long, dark night for the peo­ple of Al­berta as a re­sult. To­day we are fi­nally see­ing some morn­ing light.

We are get­ting a chance to break our land­lock. We’re get­ting a chance to sell to China and other new mar­kets at bet­ter prices. We’re get­ting a chance to re­duce our de­pen­dence on one mar­ket, and there­fore to be more eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent. And we’re get­ting a chance to pick our­selves up and move for­ward again.

Of equal im­por­tance, we are build­ing the econ­omy within a strong new na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy.

We are get­ting out of coal by 2030.

We are im­ple­ment­ing an emis­sions cap in the oil sands.

And we will all be phas­ing in a $50 car­bon levy to help re­duce emis­sions and to help fi­nance a tran­si­tion to a lower-car­bon econ­omy.

To all Cana­di­ans, I say this: We don’t have to choose be­tween the en­vi­ron­ment and build­ing the econ­omy. Canada is go­ing to be a global leader on cli­mate change. And our coun­try will still cre­ate jobs and greater eco­nomic equal­ity.

To the peo­ple of Al­berta, I say this:

Al­ber­tans are used to be­ing lead­ers, and that’s what we do­ing here to­day.

We all knew our prov­ince had driven it­self into a dead end. So Al­ber­tans de­cided it was time for a change. That in­cluded end­ing cli­mate change de­nial, and that in­cluded work­ing con­struc­tively with other Cana­di­ans in­stead of just shout­ing at them.

As we’re show­ing here to­day, that’s how to ac­tu­ally get re­sults.

And fi­nally, to our neigh­bours in Bri­tish Columbia, I say this:

B.C. was an early leader on ad­dress­ing cli­mate change. The rest of us are now catch­ing up to you.

B.C. has al­ways ar­gued for strong mea­sures to pro­tect our coast and its wa­ters. That is go­ing to hap­pen, and must hap­pen.

And B.C. has al­ways played a key role in build­ing our na­tional econ­omy, as Canada’s leader and gate­way to the big­gest mar­ket in the world - the Asia-Pa­cific.

These B.C. pri­or­i­ties are now shap­ing all of our pri­or­i­ties.

We are putting in place a strong na­tional cli­mate-change pol­icy.

And we are get­ting on with cre­at­ing jobs and eco­nomic equal­ity, un­der the terms of that new pol­icy.

Which demon­strates, as clearly as it pos­si­bly can, that we don’t have to ask work­ing fam­i­lies to choose be­tween pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and hav­ing a de­cent chance to make a de­cent liv­ing. We can do both. We are do­ing both.

Let’s work to­gether right across this coun­try to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment. And let’s work to­gether - as we’re do­ing to­day - to show that there will be jobs and pros­per­ity for Cana­di­ans in a greener fu­ture.

Thank you.”

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