David Khan reacts to TMX decision.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan reacts to the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

“The Federal Cabinet has made a balanced and responsible decision approving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project that benefits both the economy and the environment.

Alberta Liberals believe this project is in the national interest and could contribute tens of billions of dollars to the economy and create and sustain thousands of jobs. We also support a commitment that an estimated $500 million a year in federal corporate tax revenue should be invested in clean energy projects to transition away from fossil fuels.

Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said, “This is a Win-Win for Albertans and all Canadians. We support approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. Today’s decision shows the importance of working multilaterally, consulting with Indigenous Peoples, and taking environmental concerns seriously. Co-operation and responsibility get projects built, not threats and war rooms.

“This will mean good-paying jobs for Albertans and a boost to the provincial and national economies. It will also help advance solutions to deal with the climate crisis we all face.”

Khan added, “We strongly endorse current negotiations with Indigenous groups to purchase the TMX expansion. We are pleased the Cabinet addressed environmental concerns by accepting all of the National Energy Board’s 156 conditions and made six of them stronger and better. This includes improving marine and emergency response plans with far more Indigenous participation.

“The federal Cabinet is also proposing eight new accommodation measures to address specific Indigenous concerns. This includes the Salish Sea Initiative to curb the impact of increased tanker traffic on the southern resident killer whale population and the Quiet Vessel Initiative to reduce noise pollution.

“There are still challenges for this project, including a number of permits and regulatory hurdles. We must move forward as rapidly as possible. Our country must not lose any more opportunities to achieve market access for responsibly-produced Canadian energy.

“We must stop being held hostage by the American market that shortchanges us for our resources. Alberta oil should be sold at fair prices. All Canadians should share in that increased revenue and together we must all address the climate crisis.”