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Senator Black delivers Speech on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act

News Release

Ottawa, March 28, 2018 – Senator Doug Black delivered his 2nd reading speech on Bill S-245 the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act, a bill he introduced last month. This important bill recognizes the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project as in the national interest and critical to the future prosperity of Canada’s economy. The bill was seconded by BC Conservative Senator Richard Neufeld.

The bill proposes to use the declaratory power of the Constitution Act, a power that has been used over 400 times in the history of Canada. Once the power is used and affirmed by the legislature, all ancillary works to the pipeline are included in federal jurisdiction. Therefore, local roads, local bridges, power connections, storage facilities and anything related to the construction, operation or maintenance of the pipeline becomes the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.

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“This bill will provide a foundation for federal action. The Government of Canada has indicated by words their intention. However, we need to create a situation where action can be taken to advance this project, which is in the general interest of Canada.” – Senator Doug Black
“Canada needs this project. Our prosperity demands this project, and we cannot stand by and watch these violations of the rule of law.” – Senator Doug Black