August 30, 2018 (Edmonton) – Alberta Party caucus leader Rick Fraser expressed his strong disappointment in yet another delay in the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
“This is getting ridiculous,” Fraser said, “Albertans have been watching this project run into delay after delay, and for a project that is this important to our provincial economy that is simply unacceptable.”
The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the federal government’s approval of the project was invalid because it was based on a flawed evaluation by the National Energy Board. Further complicating matters is Bill C-69, federal legislation that expands the scope of environmental impact assessments and may make future approval harder to obtain.
According to Fraser, the court ruling is a direct result of poor priorities.
“We’re in this situation today because people at all levels of government have put political announcements ahead of doing the necessary work to get this pipeline built.”
“It seems like every few weeks we have politicians at the federal and provincial level gleefully announcing shovels in the ground, posing for photos and patting each other on the back.”
“Rachel Notley stood in front of the legislature, with her staff lined up behind her clapping, and announced that buying the pipeline was the solution to all our problems.”
“Today, we saw how hollow all of that celebrating is without the work to back it up.”
Fraser added that the Alberta Party Caucus is waiting to hear what the Premier and Prime Minister plan to do next. Any credible plan for resuming construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will have the full support of caucus.
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Director of Communications
Alberta Party Caucus