CALGARY, AB (March 24, 2019) – The NDP record shows that Albertans would be better off today if they had a provincial government willing to fight for job-creating energy projects over the last four years, United Conservatives said.
“The NDP government let Albertans down, going along every step of the way with a Trudeau Liberal government in Ottawa that clearly doesn’t care about energy jobs and the families that depend on them,” said Sonya Savage, United Conservative candidate for Calgary-North West. “The NDP’s recent efforts to re-imagine their record couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Alberta’s NDP openly campaigned against the Northern Gateway project. They said not a word of protest when the Trudeau Liberal government scrapped the project, overturning the Harper government’s approval after an extensive review. In fact,Rachel Notley had a positive meeting with Trudeau in Ottawa that very day.
Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would have provided 525,000 barrels per day in new capacity. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, “If Northern Gateway had come on as planned, we wouldn’t be in this situation” with regard to the oil price crisis.
- The 1.1 million barrel per day TransCanada project to the east would have offered significant access to new markets for Alberta oil. The Trudeau government killed the project through a mid-review change in the regulatory process. Alberta’s NDP government did nothing to protest the change or fight for the project.
Trans Mountain expansion
The BC NDP government openly opposed Trans Mountain and campaigned against it in that province’s 2017 election. Shortly after the BC NDP/Green coalition formed government, Rachel Notley dismissed the threat, claiming that “the BC government has stopped talking about stopping the pipeline” and “Those are exactly the kinds of things that I think all Canadians agree with and certainly our government does and always has.”
The BC NDP persisted until the private sector proponent abandoned the project. The Notley NDP brought in “turn off the taps” legislation, after mocking calls to do so for months, but never followed through with it, despite BC’s efforts. In fact, the BC NDP government was in court just last week still trying to stop the project.
The BC NDP was clear that they never took the Alberta NDP’s threat seriously.
The NDP openly campaigned against the project.
After forming government, the NDP quickly instructed Alberta’s envoy to Washington to “tool down’ and stop advocating for the project.
The NDP government did not speak out after the White House vetoed the project in 2016.
The NDP stayed silent (not a word to this day) about a US court decision last weekthat failed to lift an injunction against construction, delaying the project further.
The Trudeau Liberal government’s No More Pipelines bill was introduced on February 8, 2018. According to experts, it would make it unlikely that new pipelines can be built. While United Conservative leader Jason Kenney recognized it as the “worst possible news” on the day it was announced, Alberta’s NDP sat silent for over 200 days. In June, the NDP government defeated a United Conservative motion in the Legislature calling on the Government of Alberta to formally object to Trudeau’s Bill C-69.
Trudeau’s Bill C-69 passed the House of Commons, and was already before the Senate before the Notley NDP government decided to voice concerns. Before Rachel Notley belatedly went to Ottawa to speak about Bill C-69, the NDP mocked Jason Kenney for suggesting that the government go to Ottawa to make the case against Bill C-69.
- On the very day Trudeau’s Tanker Ban Bill was announced, Rachel Notley was in Ottawa meeting with Justin Trudeau. Yet there was not a word of protest regarding the ban on tankers. Only 181 days later did the NDP government respond, with a polite letter that raised concerns, but not firm objections.