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Premier Brad Wall calls for Trudeau to champion energy sector

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Montreal’s Energy East opposition: ‘If you sift through some of the rhetoric, they just don’t like oil’


 
Canadian Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left), Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (right) listen as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference with at the United Nations climate change summit Monday, November 30, 2015 in Le Bourget, near Paris, France. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

Canadian Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left), Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (right) listen as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference with at the United Nations climate change summit Monday, November 30, 2015 in Le Bourget, near Paris, France. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should take a stand and support the Energy East pipeline.

Trudeau said last week that his role as prime minister in thorny issues such as pipelines is to bring people together and secure a better future for Canadians.

Wall disagrees.

“We have a referee. It’s the National Energy Board and it’s the regulatory bodies and they should do their job, to be sure,” Wall said Monday after a speech to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention.

“But in the national government and in the Prime Minister’s Office, we need a champion for the energy sector, especially for a project that’s basically two-thirds conversion.”

Trudeau made his comment after meeting with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre. Coderre and the organization that represents Montreal-area municipalities have come out against Energy East. They argue the environmental risks associated with it far outweigh the economic benefits.

Related: Why Montreal’s Energy East opposition is a proxy war over mayoral power

Wall said he’s looked at the objections.

“If you sift through some of the rhetoric, they just don’t like oil, and I don’t think that’s a good enough reason to hold up a pipeline that will benefit all of the country.”

Energy East would transport about one million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

The premier also said new rules announced last week for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines are puzzling.

The Liberal government beefed up review mechanisms for new pipelines. One change is that such projects are to be assessed in part on greenhouse gas emissions produced in the extraction and processing of any oil they propose to carry.

An environmental review is essential, Wall said, but he added that it appears Ottawa is treating the energy sector differently than other industries.

“We don’t do that with cars. We don’t do that with chemicals that go across this country freely,” he said.

“This is treatment that’s uneven and unfair to the energy sector at a time when that sector does needs a champion in the federal government.”


 

Premier Brad Wall calls for Trudeau to champion energy sector

  1. I think we’ve heard quite enough out of Brad Wall…And we’ve also heard quite enough whining from the “energy” sector.

    • Yes it is inconvenient for the energy sector to have a voice isn’t it? Why don’t we hear from BC and ask why they, together with Obama, are shipping record amounts of coal to Bejiing (where citizens need masks in order to breathe the air?) Why don’t we hear from Mr. Trudeau on why he is supporting Barrack Obama when Barrack has lifted the embargo on selling oil internationally for the first time in 40 years; has his own tar sands in Utah; is fracking volatile (highly flammable) crude in North Dakota and is primed up to drill in the pristine Arctic? Funny how Barrack couldn’t make an promises on climate change at the Paris summit but used his special presidential powers to pass some gun laws. His country is now the biggest oil producer. Maybe we should just buy oil from him. It would be better than Saudi Arabia, South America and Nigeria. However, that Balkin crude has exploded twice on trains and given the high death rate in the Quebec incident, it might be wise to re-think that plan. Just explain to us all Emilyone, if we are going to get rid of our energy sector, will continue to purchase oil from despots shipping oil here via ocean tankers and racking up their own emissions, which seeing that we worry about “global emissions”, what possible difference does it make to the health of the environment which country they are created in. If we are in fact going to get out of the oil business altogether then ask Mr. Coderre and the premiere of Quebec as well as Justin Trudeau why we would ever consider propping up Bombardier jets when everyone knows jets in the foreseeable future will never fly without jet fuel. Can’t wait for your pithy reply.

      • Please Gage, no more bullshit

        nobody cares about your energy and gun fantasies

        • Wait a minute Annie Emily 1. You are the ex-military and the gun owner. You told us all repeatedly in comments on this site. As for energy fantasies I bet you have a few of those as well….all about wind turbines.

  2. Brad Wall chasing Trudeau is like talking to a fence post. Better to be chasing Gerald Butts, the puppet master, who wants to control the liberal anti-oil/carbon policies.

  3. you lost the election guys, give it a rest.

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