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Ottawa – November 29, 2016

Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Government have chosen to delay the final announcement on the Northern Gateway pipeline, even though a decision has already been made. The delay follows a year of extra delays on the $7.9-billion pipeline project, which the National Energy Board and the former Conservative government had already signed off on.

Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Grande Prairie–Mackenzie, expressed his concerns that while the Liberals delay taking action, families in Alberta continue to go without work. “The Liberals should know how crucial this pipeline is for hardworking families in the Peace Country, but they refuse to take action to address the jobs crisis in Alberta,” Warkentin said.

News that the announcement on the Northern Gateway pipeline would be delayed comes only a week after the Liberal Natural Resources Minister said that the Keystone XL pipeline, which would expand Canada’s access to the United States, is no longer crucial for Canada’s oil exports.

“The Liberals continue to demonstrate that the energy sector is not a priority,” Warkentin said. “It has been over a year since they took power, and Western Canadians are still being left behind.”

“The Northern Gateway pipeline is good for the families in Alberta. It is good for all Canadians,” Warkentin added. “If this Prime Minister intends to be a leader for all Canadians, he will approve this job creating pipeline immediately.”

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