May 05, 2017

Panda to introduce motion that would put Alberta oil before dictator oil

A new motion to be introduced by Wildrose Shadow Economic Development Minister Prasad Panda would pressure the federal government to end our dependence on foreign dictator oil in favour of Alberta oil. 

Motion 505 is anticipated to be debated on May 8 and asks the federal government to build pipelines within Canada to shift “Canada away from buying oil from countries with oppressive dictatorships.” 

“Our province produces the best oil and gas in the world and Albertans are tired of the hypocrisy of accepting millions of litres of foreign dictator oil from overseas while putting up barriers for ethically produced Alberta oil. This is critical for our economic prosperity,” Panda said. “If passed, this motion would send a strong message to the rest of Canada that it’s time to start truly moving our country in the direction of energy independence and away from our reliance on foreign oil.” 

According to the National Energy Board, Saudi Arabia shipped up to 84,000 barrels a day of its oil to New Brunswick’s Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in 2015. Other refiners in Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland and New Brunswick imported up to 650,000 barrels a day.  

The Energy East pipeline would help lessen Canada’s reliance on foreign oil, however the approval process for the pipeline has been stalled by hurdles and red tape through the National Energy Board hearing process.  

“It makes no sense to continue importing oil from countries with worse human rights and environmental records when we sit on top of 50 per cent of the free oil in the world,” Panda said. “This is a common sense motion that if acted on would strengthen Alberta’s energy industry and create jobs across the country. Building more pipelines in every single direction across Canada would also lessen our dependence on exports towards the American market.” 


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