​Canadian Chamber of Commerce leads ‘Day of Support’ for Trans Mountain in Ottawa

Delegation from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce meets with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr (centre) in Ottawa on May 23. Image: Canadian Chamber of Commerce/Twitter

About 35 business, Indigenous and labour leaders from across Canada joined Canadian Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty in Ottawa on Wednesday to demonstrate their support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, in order to help ensure it gets built.

The delegation was to attend a series of meetings on Parliament Hill, including with Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer, the Independent Senators Group and the Steel Caucus to talk about how the project will benefit communities and create jobs.

“This is an issue that goes beyond politics and party lines—it speaks to our ability, as a country, to get large-scale infrastructure projects built, once they have been approved through a rigorous evaluation process,” Beatty said in a statement.

“Our goal is to ensure MPs and Senators are aware of the growing cross-country support for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. This project is not only vital for the business community, but also for the Canadian economy as a whole. To sustain a competitive economy, the federal government must remove roadblocks that limit exports and destroy jobs.”

The Chamber went on to say that, as Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline draws near, we urge Parliamentarians to work with the provinces to reach a consensus and use the appropriate legislative, legal and financial steps to ensure that the Trans Mountain Expansion project gets built. Not doing so would continue to cost Canadians over $40 million a day in lost revenue, but it would also send a damaging message to both domestic and foreign investors. The Canadian Chamber will support government efforts to ensure the Trans Mountain Expansion project is completed.”

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