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Senator Doug Black urges the federal government to refer the Trans Mountain pipeline dispute directly to Supreme Court of Canada

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Independent Senator Doug Black calls on the Government of Canada to immediately refer his bill and the constitutional question regarding Ottawa’s ability to regulate the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Supreme Court of Canada for an expedited hearing. Bill S-245, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act, was introduced by Senator Black two weeks ago and was seconded by Conservative BC Senator Richard Neufeld.

“I believe this pipeline project will greatly benefit Canadians and is in the interest of our nation,” Senator Black noted. “The tactics of British Columbia are mere delays in an effort to save face for that government.”

The National Energy Board (NEB) has completed a comprehensive review of the Trans Mountain project and has approved and recommended it to government. The NEB assessment looked at all environmental matters, including protection of coastal waters and determined the appropriate management and safeguards would be in place.

Canadians would agree that our coast must be protected and, because this is a national matter, it is best that the Supreme Court of Canada provides clarity for this nation building project.

Senator Black has been a strong advocate for the Trans Mountain pipeline project as it will bring prosperity for Canada. The Senator has noted that our natural resources are vast and that Canada can not afford to ignore these assets. “If we responsibly get these resources to the international marketplace through projects such as Trans Mountain, we will be in a solid position to meet our energy needs of today and tomorrow,” concluded the Senator.

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“The Trans Mountain Pipeline project is essential to the prosperity of Canada. Seeking the opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada can move the Trans Mountain project forward. The Government of Canada should act now.” – Senator Doug Black
“I believe this pipeline project will greatly benefit Canadians and is in the interest of our nation. The tactics of British Columbia are mere delays in an effort to save face for that government.” – Senator Doug Black
“If we carefully get these resources to the marketplace through projects such as Trans Mountain, we will be in a solid position to meet our energy needs of today and tomorrow.” – Senator Doug Black