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Jean writes to Trudeau, invites him to tour oilsands, support Energy East

On the eve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Alberta, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to make clear his stance on Energy East and to tour Alberta’s oilsands.

Recently, the federal government voted against a motion in the House of Commons to support the Energy East project and acknowledge pipelines as the safest way to move energy products. The Energy East project would grow Canada’s GDP by over $55 billion and help to reduce importing foreign oil.

“In a time of unprecedented economic turmoil, Alberta’s energy sector needs strong support including the endorsement of the Energy East pipeline from the leader of our country,” Jean said. “Now is the time for Prime Minister Trudeau to realize that being there for Albertans means standing up for our energy sector.”

Also mentioned in the letter is a personal invitation to tour Alberta’s oilsands to help gain a true appreciation for the resourcefulness, technological innovation and environmental stewardship that is being undertaken by industry.

"As someone who was raised in Alberta and has now represented Fort McMurray for over a decade, I know and understand the success story of our community,” Jean said. “Right now, tens-of-thousands of Albertans are hurting and it’s important for Mr. Trudeau to tour key infrastructure and reclamation projects, in the hopes that he will become a true advocate for Alberta’s largest industry, the economic engine of Canada.”