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March 25, 2017

Support Alberta Oil. Support Prasad Panda’s Motion 505.

Alberta’s oil is the best in the world, but Canada has continues to import more than 245,000 barrels of oil per day from countries with brutal human rights and environmental records.

This needs to change. It’s why I’m putting forward a motion in the legislature that calls on the federal government to place Alberta oil, Canadian oil ahead of foreign dictator oil.

This valuable initiative will urge the federal government to introduce legislation to phase out the import of what is essentially dictator oil.

Our governments ought to promote legislation to support Canadian oil over foreign oil and to facilitate the building of pipelines within Canada to ensure better prices for Alberta oil and the security of supply to Canadian markets.

The resource importance of Western Canada is unparalleled, and should be celebrated.

I’ve worked internationally as an engineer in the petroleum sector for 28 years. India, with a population of 1.3 billion, is energy poor while Canada is energy rich yet has not established energy independence from countries that limit basic personal freedoms and have no credible regulations or measures to protect the environment.

There is something fundamentally broken about our country if we can’t get this fixed.

The oilsands are the world’s third largest energy resource and one of Canada’s most successful job creators. Our oilsands lifted Canada out of the recession in 2008, have provided hope and opportunity for tens of thousands of Canadians and will play a central role in growing Alberta’s economy for decades to come.

They are a clean, reliable and ethical source of oil. Canada has ten per cent of the world’s forests and more lake area than any other country in the world. The men and women who work in our industry care deeply about safety and protecting the land they work on and in.

Today in the oilsands there are bison roaming on reclaimed oilsands mines. Suncor has reclaimed a former tailings pond into new wetland space. Our water safety is strictly monitored and publicly reported.

Our oilsands should not only help supply the world’s energy needs, but help put Canada further down the path towards energy independence.

TransCanada’s Energy East project is a 4,500 km pipeline that will transport, safely, about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the refineries of Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

Energy East is expected to create over 14,000 direct and indirect full-time jobs across Canada during development and construction alone.

With 100,000 Albertans currently out of work Energy East needs to be approved. Sadly, it continues to face roadblocks from the federal government with more burdensome red tape and the mayor of Montreal throwing every hurdle he can in the way.
We’ve heard a lot from politicians lately about the need to ‘phase out’ our oil sands. Not only would that be devastating, but it ignores the reality that fossil fuels will provide the majority of the world’s energy needs over the next century.

We need to build our energy sector, not harm it.

When Liberal and NDP governments introduce carbon taxes while our largest customer and competitor will not, Canada is put at a competitive disadvantage.

At a time when Albertans are hurting, we need to rally around our oilsands and support development, not curtail Alberta’s economic future with policies that will put a cap in growth. Further regulation from overreaching governments will not equal energy prosperity.

The honest, hard-working Albertans across the province have shown unbelievable strength over the last year. The last thing Albertans need is to be lectured by celebrities and those who would rather see our province fail.

Alberta has a proud record in the international community for producing ethical and clean oil. Pipelines like Energy East, Keystone XL and TransMountain Expansion will secure Alberta and Canada’s economic prosperity for future generations.

Albertans are proud of our oil and all that we have accomplished as a province.

With support of this motion, together we can ethically ensure Canada and Alberta’s future economic prosperity.