Cold Lake city council is hoping Ottawa will hear their voices. The council has passed a motion to ask the Government of Canada to consider the effects that Bill C-69 will have on the Canadian Energy Sector and the Canadian economy. Mayor Craig Copeland says he knows first-hand how important of the oil and gas sector is to the economy.
“Our energy companies have a long history of responsible resource development and they have provided Canadians with well-paying, meaningful work for decades. The energy sector is wavering because of uncertainties in the marketplace and Bill C-69 is serving only to increase that sense of uncertainty. This is a time when we need to stand by our industry, not throw additional hurdles in its path.”
Council says the city is also suffering in the economic downturn. Copeland says the Lakeland entire has seen projects either shelved or on hold because companies are wary in the current climate.
“The approval regime that C-69 outlines is not increasing confidence – rather, it is further weakening the outlook for the oil patch. Broken promises and inaction on pipeline projects are only piling on an already grim situation.”
Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs has also rallied against the proposed legislation.