I want to thank everyone who has contacted me to share their thoughts on this topic; it is always a pleasure to hear from fellow Edmontonians. I understand your concern about this project following the recent announcement by Kinder Morgan. Many of you have asked about my support of this project and have expressed your worry about this project’s progress. That is why I want to take this opportunity to assure you that I am committed to Albertans, as is our government, and that the federal government will not stand down and allow a provincial government to infringe on its constitutional authority to decide on interprovincial infrastructure projects such as pipelines.
These comments I am sharing with you do not stem from any talking points or agenda, rather they come from my personal thoughts on this situation and my dedication and commitment to our city and our province. I believe that the Trans Mountain Pipeline is a crucial project for our community and that is why I have supported it from the beginning. I attended the demonstration at the Alberta Legislature in support of this pipeline being built; and I feel the frustration and the stress that this pipeline delay has caused firsthand. My strong roots in Edmonton Mill Woods will never let me waver in my advocacy of our community’s needs, and that includes this pipeline.
I have read and listened to your comments and concerns and I know that there is worry about a lack of action; I want to assure you that we are working far beyond just speeches and meetings to take real, tangible action on this issue. For months now, our government has worked hard with the governments of Alberta and British Columbia to help them chart a path forward and together on the project. We will continue to work with Premier Notley to find solutions; showing both Kinder Morgan and all Canadians that they can have faith in the federal government’s commitment and ability to build this pipeline. We recognize that there is an impasse, but it is one which we, the federal government, have the capacity and the authority to resolve.
It is important to note that we are taking concrete actions to move forward on this project. As the Prime Minister indicated following his meeting with the Premiers, he has instructed the Minister of Finance to initiate formal financial discussions with Kinder Morgan to remove the uncertainty overhanging the Trans Mountain project. He has also informed both Premiers that our government is actively pursuing legislative options that will assert and reinforce the federal government’s solid jurisdiction in this matter. Along with these efforts, the government is prepared to provide indemnity to Kinder Morgan – or another party who might wish to take over the project – against any financial loss that derives from Premier Horgan’s attempts to delay or obstruct the project.
I am confident that this project will happen and we will see our community, our province, and our country, benefit greatly. As an Albertan, I understand the importance of this project to our community and that is why I will continue to advocate for projects that our government is putting forward, including the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which as you know seeks to stimulate jobs and trade leading to economic growth and security for Alberta. You can always have faith that I will keep my constituents in my thoughts when working for them in Ottawa.