In Parliament: When will Government Finally Take Action on Line 5?

In Question Period on May 10, I continued to press the government to take action to resolve the pending closure of Line 5. This government will fail if the Governor of Michigan succeeds in closing down Line 5. When is the government going to actually recognize that this is something serious it has to deal with? When is the government going to talk to the Governor of Michigan, and also with the President of the United States, and get this problem solved? The transcript is below the video.

 

Greg McLean Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, today is May 10. In two days, on May 12, the government will fail if the Governor of Michigan closes down Line 5. When is the government going to actually recognize that this is something serious it has to deal with? When is the government going to talk to the Governor of Michigan, and also with the President of the United States, and get this problem solved?

Seamus O'Regan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, Line 5 is not just an issue for producers in Alberta or consumers in Ontario. It supports the entire country. Thousands of jobs depend on it, and thousands of homes depend on it for heating.

We are working closely with Minister Savage in Alberta, with whom I was just on the phone, and with Minister Eyre in Saskatchewan as well. We have been talking with Minister Rickford in Ontario, with Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley, and I have been speaking with Minister Julien in Quebec. This is a full-court press by team Canada.

While the Conservatives are more focused on using this to fundraise, we are standing up for oil and gas workers and defending Line 5.

Greg McLean Calgary Centre, AB

Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Natural Resources is leaving no stone unturned, he says, and he is looking at all options. That is what he tells us. However, there are 48 hours left before 30,000 jobs and millions of people who depend on them are affected. Fuel shortages, food distribution impacts, essential goods and personal protective equipment not being manufactured are what awaits us if the government does not have a contingency plan in place.

Where is the Prime Minister while his minister is turning over stones and not getting it done?

Seamus O'Regan Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Speaker, I can assure the House that we are looking at all our options. We will leave no stone unturned in defending Canada's energy security. We will work at the political level, at the diplomatic level and at the legal level. We are ready to intervene at precisely the right moment.

We are standing up for energy workers, we are standing up for energy consumers and we are standing up for energy security. People will not left be left out in the cold.