This Election, Take a Stand.
The Alberta Provincial Election on April 23rd is all about what you stand for. The NDP stands in opposition of the Keystone and Gateway pipelines. In an article written by Sheila Pratt of the Edmonton Journal on January 25, 2012, NDP Leader Brian Mason “told the Journal editorial board [that] his party has been recently critical of two proposed pipelines, Keystone to the southern U.S. and Gateway to the Pacific coast, both key projects for oilsand operators looking for new markets.”
In an earlier article in the Calgary Herald on January 16, 2012, Licia Corbella wrote that “losing jobs is an invalid claim against the Northern Gateway pipeline.” In her article, she quoted Janet Annesley “a vice president with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) who says: “If we were to keep all upgrading and refining in the province of Alberta, we would be doing a huge disservice – huge damage – to our economy.” Upgrading all bitumen in Fort McMurray or Fort Saskatchewan would superheat Alberta’s economy, causing wage inflation and making our industries less competitive, as well as the rest of the economy, as we witnessed during the last Alberta boom prior to the worldwide economic downturn in October 2008.” Corbella went on to write that “if they [the NDP] were truly honest, they’d just admit that they don’t like the oilsands one bit—except for all the social programs it buys.”
At Merit Contractors Association, we believe that being opposed to these two projects means the NDP supports lost opportunities for people who work in various industries, including but not limited to the construction industry. The economic impact of lost opportunities will reduce government income and have widespread effects that negatively influence the quality of life for all Albertans. We strongly believe that if our resources stay in the ground and become land locked, we could lose out on major opportunities for the future of our province. And we feel that halting the Keystone and Gateway pipelines will have a ripple effect resulting in a lot less construction happening across Alberta for things like new schools and hospitals.
This election, take your stand. Say Yes to your future and No to the NDP.
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