Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to pay tribute to a great Canadian nation-builder, one that contributes immensely to Canada's economic growth. It is a pipeline.
More than 700,000 Canadian jobs rely on the energy sector, but the Liberals are turning their backs on these hard-working Canadians. Liberal inaction is putting this industry in jeopardy. Trans Mountain, northern gateway, and hearings on energy east have all been delayed. Billions of dollars in investments are gone.
While the Liberals delay and dither, more than 100,000 energy workers have lost their jobs. Royal Bank CEO David McKay has come out and said that he must speak out because Canada will not succeed if Alberta does not succeed. Alberta will not succeed if its energy sector does not succeed.
Our energy industry is world class. We must focus on how cleanly we can produce it, how safely we can transport it, how wisely we can consume it, and how many jobs it creates.
The Conservatives understand pipelines are critical to Canada's economy. As Conservatives, we understand pipelines are an essential nation-builder.