Justin Trudeau's Liberals refused to endorse the Energy East pipeline once again on Wednesday as the Conservatives pushed for the government to do something to help Western Canada's struggling oil industry.
"I talk to a lot of Albertans and they know who stands up for their jobs and it is this party, not that government,” Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose called out during Question Period in the House of Commons.
"Why can't the prime minister finally show workers he cares and support Energy East?"
Energy East is a proposed pipeline that would take oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to New Brunswick, possibly also serving refineries in Quebec. Key Liberals including Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal and a former Liberal cabinet minister, have come out against the pipeline. On Tuesday night the Liberals joined the NDP in voting down a Conservative motion that called on MPs to support the project. Prime Minister Trudeau didn't even show up for the vote.
The Liberals recently announced plans to add more requirements to any pipeline project so while they say they support getting "resources to tide water" they are actually making it more difficult. In fact the Liberals have effectively killed off the recently approved Northern Gateway pipeline project by imposing a tanker ban off part of the British Columbia coast.
While Northern Gateway went through a long rigorous process, finally being approved with 209 conditions attached, the tanker ban was announced by fiat.
Over the past several days the Liberals, in response to Conservative questions, have said they support resource workers but they have refused to say that they support any actual project that would employ those workers.
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