A ‘Day of Action’ in support of pipelines to transport Canadian energy resources to market has the backing of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, February 20, Chamber CEO Steve McLellan said the provincial organization supports the ’Day of Action’ initiative, aimed at improving the energy regulatory system.
McLellan said the fabric of Canada is threatened by the devastating impact of low crude oil prices resulting from an inability to get energy resources to global markets.
He said the situation is creating tensions between Canadians who live in resource-producing regions and other parts of Canada.
“Saskatchewan’s high standard of living is reliant on a sustainable energy sector and that means getting our resource products to market at a fair price and in a timely manner,” said McLellan. “The current situation allows for neither to happen”
The Sask Chamber of COmmerce is joining hundreds of other chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the country on February 20 to demand immediate improvements to Canada’s broken and dysfunctional regulatory system to ensure our energy resources get to international markets.
“Canada’s economic well-being is at risk,” said McLellan. “Political and regional tensions are straining the unity of our country. We need to come together as Canadians to deliver a pointed message to politicians in Ottawa and across the country: the businesses in your jurisdictions want you to act, and act now.
McLellan said the first priority is to fix Bill C-69.
“The federal government also needs to implement the regulatory changes promised in the fall 2018 economic update, and make immediate plans to get our resources to tidewater,” said McLellan. “Canadians have had enough of the talk. We want to see real, concrete actions taken.”
McLellan said there is enormous demand for Canadian energy products, which are some of the cleanest and most ethically-produced in the world, to displace coal as an energy source within growing economies like China and India.
“Canada is squandering an opportunity to put more money in the pockets of every single Canadian and fight climate change at the same time because of the endless political bickering,” he said.
The Sask Chamber of Commerce is a member-based advocacy organization that represents over 10,000 individual businesses, industry associations, and local Chambers across the province through the Chamber Network.