Saskatchewan’s Premier says western Canadians need to use “strong language” when holding the federal government accountable for the cancellation of the Energy East Pipeline.
Brad Wall spoke to reporters inside the legislature on Wednesday and says Canada’s policies are a main reason TransCanada cancelled the major project that would have made Canada energy independent .
“I do think this, in the end, is about policy,” Premier Wall told reporters. “Western Canadians shouldn’t shy away from using strong language, especially when you consider the cumulative effect this federal government has had on the energy sector. Not just with pipelines, but taxation and regular policy issues.”
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Wall says if low oil prices and a weak economy were to blame companies would not be taking business elsewhere.
He says he has spoken with Saskatchewan’s major players who say Canadian investment has dried up for our own in energy sector in part because of regulatory risk.
“I think policies matter,” Wall said. “Prices have had a part to play in it. But prices are low across the globe and across North America. And it seems as though Canada is losing billions.”
The province says the completion of the Energy East Pipeline would have also allowed eastern Canada to stop importing oil from countries with little to no environmental or human rights laws.