Conservative Senators are concerned about the construction timeline of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project.
Last week, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced that the government would not appeal the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling, claiming it would be “inefficient.” At the same time, he refused to release a timeline for completing the Indigenous consultation process.
The government’s refusal to commit to a simple timeline for this project puts thousands of Canadian jobs at risk. Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Senator Yonah Martin, noted this week that the government has made two announcements in response to the Federal Court of Appeal ruling – but neither provides a clear path forward.
During his press conference, Minister Sohi was asked a simple question: Is it possible that after the Indigenous consultation process is over, the government will choose not to proceed with Trans Mountain at all? The Minister responded: “I will not presuppose the decision cabinet will make.”
Those words are truly worrisome as they demonstrate the absence of a plan of action, and do not provide a clear sense of certainty for workers who are wondering about their future. The government paid $4.5 billion of taxpayers’ money for a project they now won’t commit to building.
Without the Trans Mountain expansion, Canada will be shut out of new opportunities in the Asian energy market. This project is vital for Canadians. We expect the Liberal government to secure the creation of thousands of jobs with the successful completion of this project.