Grande Prairie-Mackenzie M-P Chris Warkentin says the cancellation of the Energy East project is devastating for all of Canada, but particularly Alberta.
Warkentin says the pipeline, which would have carried bitumen from the oilsands to a refinery in New Brunswick, had the potential to unite Canadians from coast to coast.
“Having an opportunity for people on the East Coast to be able to use Canadian oil, and the jobs that would have been created across the entire line, and the opportunities that would go up around this pipeline, have all now been sidelined. It is just an unfortunate blow and something that did not need to happen.”
Warkentin adds the decision to stop Energy East comes with a huge economic price tag.
“We are talking tens of thousands of jobs initially. A $15 billion investment that is gone totally away just with the decision on the pipeline, but would have led to tens of thousands of more jobs, as well as massive investments in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, which would have created even more jobs.”
Warkentin joined his Conservative counterparts in blaming the federal Liberals for the demise of the project, saying they continually manipulated and changed the process over the past few years, leaving Trans Canada little choice but to scrap it.