In late January, the Honourable Candice Bergen, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar and the Official Opposition Critic for Natural Resources, put forward a motion asking all MPs to voice their support for the energy sector, and specifically the Energy East pipeline project.
Despite the thousands of jobs and overall economic opportunity that this project could create, the motion was defeated when the Liberal government voted against it.
The motion was not a binding measure. It was simply designed to send a signal to the industry – the hard-working men and women who are out of jobs, and the investors who are skeptically watching the oil patch – that Canada supports its energy sector.
Conservatives and Canadians alike are disappointed that the Prime Minister whipped his caucus into voting against this important motion. This is yet another example of how the Liberal government just doesn’t understand the important role the energy sector plays in Canada’s economy.
Robert Sopuck, MP