September 21, 2018

United Conservatives respond to latest Trans Mountain delay

United Conservative Deputy Leader Leela Aheer has issued the following statement in response to continued failures to achieve progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline:

“Two weeks ago, Premier Notley promised that a “reliable timeline to resume construction will be established within weeks, not months.” With this today’s federal announcement, Albertans have no more clarity on when construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion – actual shovels in the ground – will begin.

“With a 22 week National Energy Board review and later federal Cabinet deliberations, it seems no decision will be made until end of May 2019 at the very earliest. In fact, one is left wondering if Prime Minister Trudeau is planning to delay his decision until after the fall 2019 federal election.

“It is also becoming increasingly apparent that the Prime Minister has rejected Alberta’s two modest asks: an appeal to the Supreme Court and clarifying federal legislation. Once again, Albertans are seeing how Premier Notley’s failed alliance with Justin Trudeau is playing out in practice.

“Today, Albertans are stuck with a $30/tonne carbon tax – a rate three times what Justin Trudeau is asking for next year – but we are no closer to a new pipeline to the coast. All Albertans want is to see Trans Mountain succeed. But the NDP’s repeatedly acting as a doormat for Ottawa has achieved little for everyday Albertans.”