Question – Will Minister reject ‘dumb’ energy decision?
Liberals hobbling Canada’s energy industry
Bob Benzen: Mr. Speaker, even Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has described the Liberals’ decision to move the NEB from Calgary to Ottawa as “dumb”, a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with.
The additional red tape and the extended timelines will kill our struggling energy industry at a time when Canadians, and especially Albertans, need jobs and economic opportunity.
Will the Minister of Natural Resources reject these dumb changes that are designed to hobble our energy industry?
Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources: Mr. Speaker, the expert panel of five individuals, including one from Alberta, have spent months consulting Canadians on what a world-class regulator would look like.
There are 26 recommendations. The Government of Canada will now carefully assess these recommendations. As I said a moment ago, Alberta has been a leader in the energy sector for Canada for decades, and I see that it will not only maintain the status quo but it will grow.
We have confidence in the energy environment in Alberta.