OTTAWA, O.N. — Conservative B.C. Senator Richard Neufeld says he has seconded and supports Bill S-245, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act, which was introduced in the Senate Thursday.
Bill S-245 was introduced Independent Alberta Senator Doug Black. The bill aims to declare the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project to be in the general advantage of Canada and seeks to ensure that its construction is not further delayed.
Last week, the Senate held an emergency debate on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Two days later, Senator Neufeld introduced a motion urging the Prime Minister to bring the full weight and power of his office to ensure that the pipeline project gets completed on schedule.
“This Project was approved by the federal government in November 2016 after undergoing all the necessary approvals and a full environmental assessment. It’s time to put shovels in the ground and get on with it,” said Sen. Neufeld. “The British Columbia NDP Government is now setting-up an advisory panel to make recommendations on how heavy oils can be safely transported and cleaned up, if spilled. This is a delay tactic by Premier Horgan to hold hostage one of our most valuable and rich natural resources.”
Senator Neufeld rejects the Province’s argument that more consultation and research are required in order to ensure safe transportation of bitumen. He said that oil has been shipped safely for decades via pipelines and tankers, and that Canada is home to a world-class tanker safety system in the unlikely event of an incident.
“I hope my colleagues in the Senate on both sides of the aisle will support this Bill, particularly in light of the fact that Trans Mountain has already been deemed to be in the best interest of Canada by the Trudeau Government. The Senate needs to send a clear message to the Prime Minister that real leadership is needed on this matter. He must stand up to Premier Horgan and stand up for Canadians.”
A copy of Bill S-245 can be found here: http://www.parl.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?billId=9675395&Language=E