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Senate Transport Committee Sends Trans-Mountain Bill Down the Line

News Release

Ottawa, May 10, 2018  The Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Act, Bill S-245, sponsored by Alberta Elected Senator Doug Black and seconded by BC Senator Richard Neufeld, achieved another milestone last night. The adoption of the bill by the Transport and Communications Committee without amendments, reaffirms the Senate’s confidence in the National Energy Board’s decision to approve the project after an extensive and rigorous review. The Bill will now move to 3rd Reading in the Senate.

Quick Facts

  • Annual losses associated with transporting marginal crude by rail rather than pipeline will settle at C$7 billion (about 0.3% of GDP) in 2019–20 until additional pipeline capacity comes into service
  • Pipeline operations added $11.5 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product in 2015, sustaining 34,000 full-time jobs.
  • Twinning the Trans Mountain Pipeline will inject $7.4 billion into Canada’s economy through Project spending and help our country export these resources by moving oil to the West Coast for marine transport to markets around the world.
  • Combined government revenue impact for construction and the first 20 years of expanded operations is $46.7 billion

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“Completing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion will give Canada an opportunity to show the world we can get large infrastructure projects done and the passage of my bill is a big step towards ensuring that goal”.

— Senator Doug Black
“The completion of this project is good for Canada, good for Canadians and good for the economy”

— Senator Doug Black