Moving our resources to market is not just a priority for Albertans, but for all Canadians, and we are going to do that in a responsible way. Our government approved the Trans Mountain expansion project because it fits within our national climate strategy and meets the strictest environmental standards. We could not have moved forward without Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, or without the best-in-class marine safety standards we are putting in place with our historic $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Sohi and Minister Carr met with energy workers in Fort McMurray. They heard directly from workers about their role and leadership in growing the economy and protecting the environment. We’re working to get the TMX pipeline project built – because it’s in the national interest.
The Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline is in Canada’s national interest, which is why we approved the project and why we continue to stand by our decision. This crucial resource project will expand export markets for Canadian resources and create thousands of good, middle class jobs, and no one province should be standing in the way of those jobs and the families that stand to benefit. Our government’s approach to resource development will grow our economy and protect the environment and create thousands of middle class jobs for Canadians. These are not competing interests, they are shared priorities. We have the responsibility to ensure the stability and growth of the Canadian economy and to get our resources to market, and British Columbia shares in this responsibility. With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options to move this project forward. We will act in Canada’s national interest to see that this project is built.