Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan issues the following statement on today’s Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project:
The Alberta Liberal Party supports the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal decision will have a significant impact on the Alberta economy and all Albertans. We must find a clear path—working together—to ensure this project of national importance is built for the benefit of all Canadians.
Khan stated, “Alberta workers and their families rely on a healthy oil and gas sector. Alberta needs to open up world markets for our energy products to get the best possible price. Alberta is losing billions of dollars in industry and government revenue. That money pays for social programs, schools and hospitals that benefit all Albertans. Pipelines are the safest, cleanest way to transport those energy products.
“However, we also support the rule of law and a properly functioning federal review process by the National Energy Board. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled the NEB did not properly consider the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic and the Federal Government failed in its duty to adequately consult with specific First Nations/Indigenous groups. We believe both of those issues must—and can—be revisited and addressed to the satisfaction of the courts, and in a way that balances the rights and benefits of all Canadians. This can be a brief, but specific and focussed and meaningful examination, as the Court directed. It must be a fair and transparent review. We have a responsibility as Canadians to engage and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples. We also must ensure there are adequate environmental protections in place for all energy projects.
“Today’s Federal Court ruling is a setback. But it is not the end of the Trans Mountain pipeline. ALL Canadians must unite behind this project. And our political leadership must stop finger-pointing and blaming the Courts. They should roll up their sleeves, recognize past mistakes, and complete this project in a way that will benefit all Canadians, respect our Constitution and uphold the rule of law.
“Canada needs this project. We can do it. Let's get to work.”