Alberta launches ‘Yes to TMX’ campaign in Ottawa leading up to vote

Alberta energy minister Sonya Savage speaks to reporters on Parliament Hill on Wednesday. Image: Government of Alberta

Alberta energy minister Sonya Savage was on Parliament Hill on Wednesday along with a large truck displaying signs that read “Ottawa, we have a problem: the TMX pipeline delay costs Canadians millions daily” and “Yes to TMX Pipeline June 18.”

It’s part of a campaign the province has launched to fight for federal approval of the project. In just over two weeks Ottawa is expected to vote.

In the meantime, the “Yes to TMX” campaign will be active via digital display ads and posters at restaurants, bars and the Ottawa airport, the Alberta government said. Savage told reporters that $1.6 million is being spent in Ottawa alone.

“The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has been mired in uncertainty for far too long, driving away investment, costing Canadians billions in tax revenues, and sacrificing thousands of jobs from coast to coast. On June 18, Canada needs the Prime Minister and federal cabinet to say ‘yes’ to TMX,” Savage said.

In February, after reconsidering the potential marine impacts of an expanded pipeline and increased oil tanker traffic, the National Energy Board (NEB) tacked on an additional 16 conditions to the original 156 required as part of the expansion’s approval.

Federal cabinet had 90 days to make a decision on whether to reapprove the expansion, which would have been May 22.

But on April 18, two days after Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party swept Alberta in a provincial election, the Trudeau government announced it is delaying its decision by one month.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the extra time is needed to complete First Nations consultations.

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