In Question Period, I drew the attention of Members of Parliament to Enbridge's Line 3. The final section to be upgraded is being challenged by the same activists that moved the new U.S. President to cancel Keystone XL What is the government doing to ensure that Line 3 is able to be completed? Here is the rough transcript (check against delivery - video below):
Mr. Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, CPC): Mr. Speaker, Enbridge is spending $8 billion modernizing Line 3, Canada’s main oil transportation link to the U.S. since it was approved by President Obama in 2016. The final section to be upgraded is being challenged by the same activists that moved the new U.S. President to cancel Keystone XL. The Prime Minister recently spoke with the U.S. administration about energy security without any specifics. Before more environmentally destructive policies are decided in a void of real information, will the Prime Minister commit to getting specific on pipelines with the U.S. administration?
Hon. Seamus O'Regan (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we approved the Line 3 replacement project and we did that in order to create good, middle-class jobs. Line 3 is a mixed service line: It carries heavy, sweet, light and high sour blends of crude from Hardisty in Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Construction on the project is complete. It is operational on the Canadian side. Ambassador Hillman has underscored the importance of this line to both state and federal-level officials in the U.S. We support our oil and gas workers. We will continue to advocate for projects that support North American energy security.
Mr. Greg McLean (Calgary Centre, CPC): Mr. Speaker, these are verbal assurances and verbal assurances leading to no results are not worth the salaries of the storytellers hired to write them. What Canada needs is action, not stories. Canadian energy workers are receiving an ongoing legacy of failure from the government: Northern Gateway, Energy East, Trans Mountain, Teck Frontier, Keystone XL and now Enbridge Line 3 and Line 5. When will the government stand up for the people it claims to represent and take action to protect their jobs?
Hon. Seamus O'Regan (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, let me go through another list, one based on facts. We approved TMX. We are building it and there are more than 7,000 jobs created so far. We approved Line 3 with another 7,000 jobs created. We approved NGTL with thousands of jobs to be created. We are building LNG Canada and providing thousands of jobs. Orphan and inactive wells will cost $1.7 billion and thousands of jobs will be created. The wage subsidy kept more than 500,000 workers in their jobs in a pandemic in Alberta alone. That is our record.