A Fort McMurray meeting concerning Bill C-69 will feature Lakeland politicians and even leaders of a local Chamber of Commerce. The Coalition of Canadian Municipalities for Energy Action will meet with Senators on April 10th to discuss how the legislation could affect the local area. Bonnyville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Serena Parsons will also be at the meeting. She says she’s met with senators before on the issue of oil and gas.
“We were invited to a round of meetings with [Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers] in Edmonton where we did get to sit down and do a round-table with some Alberta senators.”
The coalition was formed as a way to bring a message of pro-oil and gas development to the federal government. Bonnyville Mayor Gene Sobolewski, as well as other Lakeland political figures, currently sit on the board.
Parsons says she’s going to the meetings to drive home a message about what the consequences of the bill could be.
“It’s about the people that it is affecting and not just about the statistics that we’re seeing. If Bill C-69 were to pass as is, we’re going to see a lot less investors in our area.”
A way for the public to write their local senators is found at the coalition’s official website.