Brian Zinchuk is editor and owner of Pipeline Online
REGINA – It’s a longstanding tradition for MLAs and ministers to acknowledge and introduce visitors in the gallery of the Legislature, and on March 14, some of those visitors were from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. It’s outgoing CEO, Tim McMillan, used to sit on the floor of the house, as member for Lloydminster and Minister Responsible for Energy and Resources.
His successor, Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre, made the introductions, and spoke about how Canada can help provide energy for Europe, now fraught with war in Ukraine.
In the west gallery I would like to introduce a delegation from CAPP, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: Brad Herald; Siân Pascoe; Jarret Coels, welcome back; David Spyker, president of Rife Resources and new Saskatchewan policy group chair; Travis Davies of Cenovus; and president and CEO, Tim McMillan, who since he was last here, Mr. Speaker, announced he’ll be stepping down from CAPP and moving on to what I’m sure are exciting possibilities ahead.
Tim is one of ours of course, a former minister of Energy and from Saskatchewan, who has been an urbane, passionate advocate for the Canadian energy sector during a time, the past seven years, of intense headwinds for the sector.
Suddenly of course there’s a broad acknowledgement that energy security and independence are key to energy affordability, and we’ve been saying that for years, as has Tim. Just last week, Mr. Speaker, the federal Energy minister said Canadian natural gas could help Europe move away from energy dependence on Russia, but just last month the federal government quashed the $10.6 billion export-boosting natural gas liquefaction facility in Saguenay, Quebec.
And that’s of course on top of kiboshed pipelines, increased imports from rogue nations, the federal carbon tax, the looming federal fuel standard or second carbon tax at Bill C-69, and the list goes on. All have posed and continue to pose clear and present threats to our energy security, and now the so-called “just transition,” the new buzzword that energy companies want hard production caps. As if. Mr. Speaker, Canadian oil, Western Canadian oil, is more important than ever. And we thank Tim, we thank CAPP for their continued advocacy for the most sustainably produced energy in the world. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
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