Edmonton, AB – May 16, 2018: Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act.
Both MLA Swann and Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan have voiced criticism of Bill 12 previously calling it a plan that will hurt Albertans and not move the Trans Mountain Pipeline project forward.
Swann stated, “Restricting our exports is simply a bad strategy. It will cost Albertan’s jobs. It will reduce Alberta revenue. It will hurt Alberta’s Oil Patch. It will damage Alberta’s credibility. It will strain Alberta’s relations with the rest of Canada.
“This will do nothing to get the Trans Mountain Pipeline built.
“Bill 12 grants the NDP Government far too much power. Alberta’s Energy Minister will have unrestrained authority and there is no proper appeal process to challenge her decisions. This is not democratic.”
Khan stated, “Turning off the energy taps will not turn on approval for the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”
“Pushing gas prices up to $2 liter in B.C. will not get a shovel in the ground for the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Punishing British Columbians risks a backlash against Albertans.
“The NDP can’t build up the case for this project by tearing down the rest of Canada.”
Khan stated, “I stood against this strategy in March and I stand against it now. Albertans need more from their Premier than a desperate strategy that cuts off our nose to spite our face.”
Liberal MLA David Swann will vote against Bill 12 in the Alberta Legislature