Oil industry and manufacturers call for passage of Bill C-69 as amended
Parliamentarians need to support Bill C-69, as it was amended by the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, according to the leaders of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
"Manufacturers simply want a mechanism that allows good project to proceed as quickly, amicably and predictably as possible. Without amendments, Bill C-69 fails to do that," said Dennis Darby, president and CEO of CME. "Manufacturers in every region of the country are part of the Canadian resource sector supply chain and are concerned Bill C-69 might make it too difficult to get things built in Canada, and harm our economic growth and competitiveness."
In order to protect Canadian jobs and enable the creation of new ones, companies and employees need certainty on project approvals. With the amendments put forward by the Senate Committee, Bill C-69 will provide a workable framework that can help create these jobs. Canada's energy industry alone provides over 528,000 total jobs to highly skilled workers across the country, including throughout the manufacturing value chain.
"I know of several small business owners who had to re-finance their own homes to make payroll and keep the doors open. Some have managed to push through but are barely hanging on, while others get added to the growing list of failed businesses. Federal policymakers must get Bill C-69 right because too much is on the line for Canadians," encouraged Mark Scholz, president and CEO of CAODC. "We respectfully and urgently call on the Senate and House of Commons to do the right thing and stand up for hardworking Canadian oil workers and their families and approve Bill C-69 as amended."
Bill C-69 is currently before the Senate at report stage. It will require both chambers to accept the Senate committee's amendments before the Bill can become law.
"Canada's future prosperity depends on the federal government getting Bill C-69 right. After months of consultation with individuals, organizations, and businesses, the Senate has made real changes to the Bill to give Canada something that can work. It's time for the Government of Canada to approve the amended Bill C-69 as is, and enable important nation-building projects to create jobs, grow our economy and make Canadians lives better," added Tim McMillan, CAPP president and CEO.
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