Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage joined Saskatchewan and Ontario counterparts in expressing frustration with results of this week’s Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference.
“I was hoping to have substantive dialogue on the challenges facing Alberta’s oil and gas industry. However, it was clear the federal government did not want any meaningful conversation about its encroachment on provincial jurisdiction of natural resources, or the devastating impacts bills C-69 and C-48 will have on competitiveness and market access for provinces across the country,” said Savage in a Friday statement.
Bill C-69 overhauls the federal environmental-impact assessment process for major resource projects, and Bill C-48 bans oil tankers off most of Canada’s West Coast and would apply to tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude oil.
The provincial energy ministers issued the joint statement late Friday, saying they were profoundly disappointed with the 2019 EMMC discussions held Monday through Wednesday in Cranbrook, B.C., as they did not adequately address the challenges and concerns raised by each province over the past several months.
Meanwhile, federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer addressing a crowd of about 1,000 in Sherwood Park Friday night slammed the federal carbon tax as “the worst tax in the history of taxes.”
“Where (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau will landlock Alberta’s natural resources, I will unleash it and promote it around the world and within Canada,” said Scheer.
In an opening address at the fundraising dinner, Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta has “made an oversized contribution to prosperity of our federation, and we are proud to have done so, we are proud to have been the great job creation engine of Canada.
“If you want Alberta to continue paying the bills, if you want to continue to benefit from Alberta wealth that builds schools, roads and hospitals from coast to coast, if you want the prosperity driven by the resources in this province, then you’ve got to let us develop those resources, build pipelines and get a fair price for them,” said Kenney.
Scheer’s campaign-style appearance in Sherwood Park was also focused on promoting the Conservative platform, as he promised to make life more affordable for families, remove GST from home energy bills, support home improvement credits for energy efficiencies, and make parental leave benefits tax-free. Scheer also promised to ban foreign-funded advocacy groups from the pipeline approvals process.