February 22, 2019


Ottawa, ON– Jamie Schmale, the Conservative Deputy Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, today released the following statement regarding the National Energy Board’s recommendation to the Liberal cabinet on the Trans Mountain Pipeline:

“Today’s recommendation from the National Energy Board, while positive, changes nothing. Prime Minister Trudeau’s government is still months away from making a decision, with no timeline for when consultations with First Nations will conclude or when a final decision on the project will be made.

“This 22-week reconsideration process by the National Energy Board was unnecessary, costly and only further delayed the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

“Within a week of the Federal Court of Appeal ruling, the Conservatives had a plan to rescue the project. This included calling for immediate emergency retroactive legislation to affirm the National Energy Board’s determination that Transport Canada was the appropriate department to assess the impact of marine traffic related to the Trans Mountain Expansion.

“Meanwhile, thousands of Canadian families who rely on the energy sector for their jobs and livelihoods continue to suffer. Energy workers are paying for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mistakes.

“This is part of the Prime Minister’s plan to kill Canada’s energy sector. Liberal errors on the Trans Mountain Expansion, their ‘no more pipelines’ Bill C-69 and other anti-energy policies have destroyed Canada’s reputation as an attractive destination for the kind of energy investments that creates jobs and opportunity.

“Energy workers and their families deserve better from their government. A government led by Andrew Scheer will stand up for Canada’s energy sector with the leadership needed to help energy workers and their families get ahead.”


For more information contact:

Jamie Schmale, MP
(705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881​