An independent investigation by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) revealed that the federal government is giving preferential treatment to foreign oil.
The Liberals imposed strict upstream and downstream GHG considerations on prospective energy projects seeking approval from the federal government, and those changes spurred the cancellation of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline.
The CTF filed a series of access-to-information requests with four separate federal ministries: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Transport Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Global Affairs Canada.
CTF asked the government:
“Please provide reports and analysis (final copy or last draft copy if the final is not available) on reviews related to any upstream or downstream impacts to greenhouse gas emissions from foreign oil imported to Canada. The time frame for this request is January 1st 2015 to December 21st 2017.”
Each one of those information requests returned the exact same response:
“After a thorough search no records were found concerning this request.”
The federal government isn't concerning itself with the 759,000 barrels of oil per day that Canada imports from foreign sources — a third of which were imports from OPEC member countries including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.
The CTF cited a 2014 report by the Canadian Energy Research Institute that noted how the now dead Energy East pipeline, would have contributed $7.6 billion in tax revenue across different levels of government in pipeline revenue alone. The pipeline itself was a $15 billion private-sector investment that would have employed over 3,700 people during the construction phase.
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