Leader of Canada’s Conservative Party and Official Opposition Andrew Scheer announced that if he is elected in the October national election he will rein in spending, get oil pipelines built, and put the country on a path to energy independence by 2030. In the second of his five policy speeches leading up to the election kickoff, Mr. Scheer criticized Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he says has “blown it all.”
Mr. Scheer said more must be done to support the struggling oil and gas industry, which needs more pipeline export capacity to get domestic crude to market, if Canada is to boost its economy and energy security. He promised to overturn PM Trudeau’s proposed environmental assessment rules and pledged to build “a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects”.
In his 14-page speech in Toronto, Mr. Scheer said, “Rather than have industry submit complicated route proposals for every new transmission line and pipeline project, we could have a single corridor – planned up front and in full consultation with the provinces and with indigenous Canadians who would share in the prosperity it would provide.” He also vowed to ensure Canada would no longer depend on foreign oil by 2030, because, “The fact is Canada has more than enough oil… to put an end to all foreign oil imports once and for all.”
Ahead of this October’s federal election, the Conservatives lead the Liberals by more than 5 percentage points in a Nanos Research poll this week.