Question Period – 2021.02.05 – Foreign Oil Imports

February 5, 2021

Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC): Madam Speaker, the new American administration has stopped the Keystone XL pipeline dead in its tracks, killing thousands of jobs in Alberta. Now Michigan is attempting to shut down Enbridge Line 5, killing thousands of jobs in Ontario. The current Liberal government has responded by rolling over and playing dead. All this is while energy workers watch foreign oil come into Canada from third-world dictators and human-rights abusers. What specific action will the current Liberal government take to reduce foreign-oil imports into Canada this year?

   Mr. Paul Lefebvre (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.): Madam Speaker, we take this issue with respect to Line 5 very seriously. Line 5 is vital to our energy security. This line is a critical economic and energy-security link between Canada and the U.S. and has safely operated for over 65 years. It provides well-paying, middle-class jobs for the thousands of worker at refineries in Sarnia, Ontario and in Montreal and Lévis, Quebec. I assure this House that we are looking at all our options. Line 5 is a vital pipeline for Canada’s energy security, and we fully support it.

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