With over 100,000 jobs lost in the energy sector, thousands of businesses closing shop, and government that doesn’t seem to listen or effectively address the crisis in many communities and households, it’s no wonder we are seeing record-setting protests, resurgent talk of Alberta separatism, and increases in the suicide rate among young Albertans.
The most recent convoy to take place on Wednesday demonstrates the frustration and helplessness that is being felt in Alberta. When I talk with people they feel like no one cares, and even worse that somehow Alberta deserves such problems.
Canada prides itself on opening its doors to the less fortunate and helping those in need. But, Albertans feel like in their time of need, certain elements are being, well, un-Canadian.
People forget that we have mortgages, families, and lives, just like all Canadians do. We’re frustrated because this situation isn’t just about Alberta, it’s about the wellness of all of Canada.
If Bill C-69 is passed as proposed, this bill will handcuff Alberta’s energy industry and throw away the keys. Killing the bill though will leave Canada with no formal process for pipeline review and approval, further shaking investor confidence and assuring that no energy infrastructure will be proposed for years to come.
Alberta is fortunate to have smart, thoughtful senators like Doug Black and Paula Simons in the Upper Chamber fighting for our best interests. We encourage all Albertans to stand up and support the work they are doing.
Myself and our Alberta Party team are committed to Alberta, and we hear and feel your pain, frustration, and even anger. As challenging as things are right now, know that our best days are ahead and we’re here to help lead.
With that in mind, we have requested an appearance before the Senate committee reviewing this bill to propose a constructive set of amendments to get this bill fixed and give Albertans, and thus all Canadians hope for a brighter future.
There are too many deaf ears and not enough visionary leadership and it’s time our politicians come to the table with constructive solutions to get the job done. I look forward to keeping you updated in the New Year.
Alberta Party Leader