The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will move forward.
Those words from Premier Rachel Notley who was in Fort McMurray on Friday.
During a conference, she would go on to reiterate her government’s commitment to getting the pipeline expansion built.
“I must mention it here because I mention it wherever I go, we have to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built.”
“We are going to keep fighting to make sure we do that and to the people of Fort McMurray, we are going to keep fighting for you. From fighting for pipelines to investing in continuing care centre’s like Willow Square we are on the side of working people in Fort McMurray,” said Notley.
Notley adds she would love to have British Columbia Premier John Horgan tour the oilsands in the RMWB to get a better understanding of what goes into these pipelines.
Their focus at this point is getting a deal done with Kinder Morgan to get the pipeline expansion built.
During her stop in Fort McMurray, Notley is also meeting with local businesses, including owners of Asti Trattoria Italiana, the restaurant that boycotted British Columbia wine before the provincial ban, to show their support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Back in February, B.C. announced a proposal to restrict increased shipments of bitumen while it further studies the effectiveness of spill response and cleanup.
Shortly after, Asti’s owner Karen Collins pulled all wines from that province off her shelf. She told Mix News she took the B.C. decision personally and wanted to make a stand for the community and the province.
“I saw it as a direct impact, not only on my community’s economy and the people that rely on that income but also on my province. I wasn’t willing to accept it or contribute to the B.C. economy.”
The goal of Notley’s meetings with business owners is to once again reaffirm the province’s commitment to getting the project built.