Charest’s environment plan will make Canada a clean ethical energy exporter to the world

April 28, 2022, Moncton, New Brunswick – Today Jean Charest unveiled his Clean Ethical Canadian Energy policy. Canada has been gifted with extraordinary natural resources that make us the envy of the world. Many of the resources our allies need – energy, potash, lumber, uranium, and critical minerals like lithium and cobalt – Canada has in abundance.  Our energy sector has rigorously decreased its carbon footprint. We are world leaders in many respects and Canada should be proud to champion its energy and resources sector and jobs at home and abroad.

“Our resources aren’t just about jobs, growth, or national unity. We are in a global energy crisis. The world needs more clean, ethical Canadian energy and Canada should be at the top of the list among the world’s suppliers,” said Jean Charest. Canada needs to get back the will and determination to build. We need to complete major projects. We should be exporting Canadian oil and gas to Europe, so they aren’t held hostage by brutal dictators like Putin.”

The Environment and Clean Growth Plan released earlier this week will put Canada on a sustainable path to lower our emissions and help clean up our environment. This policy will allow us to responsibly develop our natural resources. These two things go hand-in-hand. Every bit of ethical, clean LNG that we export displaces dirtier forms of energy like coal. Jean Charest’s plan will make Canada into the resource superpower we can and should be and create tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic opportunity for Canadians.

“Trudeau’s attitude that our energy and resource sectors aren’t a legitimate form of economic activity and that jobs in those sectors are expendable have contributed to western alienation and national unity challenges. As Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister, I will unite the country behind proud and responsible resource development.”

His detailed policy includes commitments to:

  • Repeal Bill C-69 to get critical resource infrastructure built
  • Repeal Bill C-48 to export Canadian energy to the world
  • Develop National Infrastructure Corridors, bring efficiency to the regulatory process, and connect key resource regions with critical infrastructure
  • Create and fund a Federal Indigenous Opportunities Corporation to give Indigenous communities a voice and investment opportunities in these projects so that communities can directly benefit from and participate in them
  • Ensure projects are built without interference by passing a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act
  • Implement a Critical Minerals Strategy
  • Support our forestry sector by expanding export markets and investing in R&D
  • Implement an LNG and Hydrogen Export Strategy
  • Re-engage with the United States on the Keystone XL Pipeline with a cross-partisan “Team Keystone” delegation
  • Ensure the completion and eventual privatization of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

 

“Canada’s world-leading ability to develop natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner is the strongest tool we have for economic growth, security of supply, Indigenous economic reconciliation and prosperity from coast to coast to coast. It is high time Federal policy supported our natural resources for the benefit of all Canadians. Jean Charest’s plan takes many important steps towards making that happen,” said Chris Slubicki Former President & CEO, Modern Resources Inc.

Jean Charest’s plan will ensure the Government of Canada, under his leadership, builds trust with Indigenous leaders. Indigenous communities are owed the respect and opportunity that comes with proper consultation, engagement, and investment in the development of these resource projects to build prosperity for their communities. Unfortunately, the Trudeau government has made it almost impossible to build any major projects in Canada.

Details of the policy are available in the backgrounder below.

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Media Contact: Laurence Tôth, Press Secretary 581-305-4501 media@jeancharest.ca

BACKGROUNDER

Conservatives and Canadians deserve a leader who is ready and willing to stand up and champion Canadian energy and resources at home and abroad. Key features of Jean Charest’s Clean Ethical Canadian Energy policy include:

Getting pipelines and other critical infrastructure built by repealing bill C-69 and replacing it with a project assessment process built on the following principles:

  • Eliminating political interference and letting experts make their recommendations.
  • Requiring clear timelines throughout the review process, with initial feedback to be received within 6 months.
  • A National Security Accelerator for cases where Canada or our Allies’ vital national interest is at stake, allowing a fast-track approval where construction can start almost immediately and litigation risk for the project will be covered by the Federal Government.
  • A clear federal framework for free, prior, and informed consent with indigenous groups including specific timelines.
  • Bringing back a “standing test” so that stakeholders who are directly impacted by the project or with expertise participate.
  • Ensuring that all projects are subject to our high environmental standards and are in line with our Net Zero by 2050 commitments.

Repealing Bill C-48 so that we can export Canadian energy to the world.

Developing National Infrastructure Corridors to connect key resource regions with critical infrastructure using a single expedited regulatory process that will respect provincial jurisdiction. The key features of these corridors would be:

  • A single streamlined application process to build key infrastructures such as pipelines, electricity transmission lines, fibre optic cables, railroads, and highways.
  • While respecting provincial jurisdiction, making infrastructure connections that unite Canada including a hydro corridor from Labrador through to Ontario and the Maritimes, the Ring of Fire, the Arctic Gateway to Churchill Manitoba, and getting Alberta oil and gas to tidewater.
  • Starting the process with Indigenous leaders’ to bring their communities to the table and ensure they are both properly consulted and benefit from these projects.
  • More efficient use of land, cheaper construction, and land acquisition costs, and significantly reduced environmental impact.
  • Connecting remote and northern regions of Canada to energy, communications, and transportation infrastructure.
  • Reduced investment risk and cheaper borrowing costs.

Working with Indigenous leaders across Canada to create and fund a Federal Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, based on the Alberta model, to provide loan guarantees and other support to indigenous groups, allowing them to invest and participate in Canadian resource projects and build prosperity for their communities. 

Ensuring projects are built without interference by passing a Critical Infrastructure Protection Act.

Implementing a Critical Minerals Strategy to ensure that Canada and its allies have access to the important resources needed for an orderly energy transition, like Lithium and Cobalt, requiring a national security review for proposed takeovers of our critical resources, and leveraging our abundant resources to ensure that we are part of the North American value chain for electric vehicles and other emissions-free technology.

Supporting our forestry sector by expanding export markets and investing in R&D to continue Canada’s legacy of innovation in forestry products.

Implementing an LNG and Hydrogen Export Strategy to ensure we can get our resources to tidewater and export it from all three coasts.

Recognizing that the geopolitical context has changed and that it’s time to re-engage the United States on the Keystone XL Pipeline by having the Prime minister lead a cross-partisan “Team Keystone” delegation going to Washington and the key U.S. states to get this project approved.

Ensuring the completion and eventual privatization of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.