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“Everyone feels this is a crucial point in history,” he said.
The political action committee (PAC) acknowledges there are no Liberal MPs in Alberta and Saskatchewan to advocate for the region’s economy that’s been plagued by what it calls a “baffling” exodus of investment and cancellations of crucial energy projects in the West.
But it insists a united front of the region’s senators could help stymie the implementation of any green strategy.
“The group of senators across Alberta and Saskatchewan could wield great power if acting as a united voice,” they state.
“Now, the promised remaking of the country’s socio-economic structure, we worry, will be the final nail driving our economy and way of life into the ground.”
It’s calling on Alberta and Saskatchewan Premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe to join MPs and senators to push back against the “green recovery” proposal while advocating for private investment incentives and the retroactive release of withheld national transfer payments to both provinces.
They also reiterated their call for unobstructed access to tidewater for the two provinces’ natural resources and an unequivocal statement of support for the energy industry from the Trudeau government.
Among those who stand to lose the most, they say, are First Nations who support and rely on energy development.
It’s time for federal Alberta and Saskatchewan lawmakers to put their region first, said group Derek Robinson.