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Geoff Regan, MP


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Canada needs an energy policy rethink

Posted on July 15, 2014 | No Comments

It’s time to rethink our national energy strategy because the Conservative approach to resource development is failing Canadians.

Liberal MP Geoff Regan

The Hill Times

It’s time to rethink our national energy strategy because the Conservative approach to resource development is failing Canadians.

As Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in Calgary last fall, a fundamental role of the Government of Canada is to open up markets abroad for Canadian resources and to help create responsible and sustainable ways to get those resources to those markets.

The Liberal Party supports the development of Canada’s energy potential and recognizes the positive contribution resource development has on economic growth and job creation, especially for our middle class.

But we also understand that resource development must be done in an environmentally responsible, sustainable way and through consensus building.

This is the only responsible way to turn resource opportunities into economic realities. We need to draw on our intelligence, our ability, and willingness to solve problems as much as we draw on the resources themselves.

As a government, one of our core responsibilities would be to facilitate this kind of engagement. Over the long term that is the only way that we can leverage our natural resources in a way that is sustainable, maximizing the economic opportunity and strengthening the middle class.

Clearly the Conservative approach to energy development is not working.

After almost a decade, what has been accomplished by the so-called friendliest government the energy sector has ever seen?

Well, we’re further than ever from a sensible policy to reduce carbon pollution and the oilsands have become the international poster child for climate change.

We’ve failed to move the yardstick on the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most important infrastructure projects of our generation.

And we’ve failed to gain access to growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

We need to do better. We can do better.

As a country we need a federal government that is prepared to work with the provinces, industry, Indigenous and local communities to build a national energy strategy.

An important question is how can we reconcile economic growth with environmental stewardship. To suggest that in the 21st century we have to choose between one or the other is wrong. And to resort to name-calling or dismissing people with genuine concerns as “foreign radicals” or “terrorists” is divisive and destructive.

Building partnerships between industry, indigenous peoples and civil society takes hard work and leadership.

The federal government’s role is to create a framework that helps Canadians grow the economy and protect the environment. It’s not the government’s role to favour any particular project as the Harper government has done too often, compromising the integrity of the process. This flawed approach has prevented proponents from getting the social license they need to build their projects and create jobs. It also undermines the public’s confidence that the environment is getting the protection it needs.

The Liberal Party believes the role of the federal government should be to work with the energy sector to strengthen environmental protection and robust safety measures that are necessary to gain access to new markets.

Liberals have been consistent in calling for stronger protections and pushing for a more substantive government consultation process which listens to communities and respects Indigenous rights.

Canada needs pipelines to move our energy resources to domestic and global markets. However, these projects must earn the trust of local communities.

Social licence is more important than ever. Governments may be able to issue permits, but only communities can grant permission.

We also need to build a regulatory regime which is balanced and which creates growth and protects the environment.

The Conservative approach is that you can only have one or the other. I reject that flawed logic. If we had a stronger environmental policy in this country, stronger oversight, tougher penalties and a means to price carbon pollution, the Keystone XL project would have been approved already.

The energy sector once faced major hurdles in creating a profitable oil sands industry and it now faces similar challenges to produce and transport bitumen in a sustainable manner.

It is a major challenge, but it isn’t something we haven’t faced before.

Decades ago we were able to overcome those challenges and we have the ability to meet today’s challenges through innovation and technological advances.

We need to devote our brainpower and ingenuity to making resource extraction more sustainable and we need to use our knowledge economy to properly develop our natural resource economy.

We recognize that a key component of a national energy strategy is the increasingly significant challenge of getting our resources to market. But if we don’t convince the world that we have our act together as a country on the environment we’ll find it harder and harder to access world markets.

Liberal MP Geoff Regan, who represents Halifax West, N.S., is his party’s natural resources critic.

Celebrating Canada Day

Posted on June 27, 2014

Conservative government should reject Northern Gateway Pipeline

Posted on June 16, 2014 | No Comments

Petition for creation of Extractive Sector Ombudsman

Posted on June 16, 2014 | No Comments

House of Commons Debates OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD) Thursday, June 12, 2014 Petitions Mining Industry Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.):  Mr. Speaker, I rise to present […]

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Conservatives must put away rubber stamp and listen to concerns about Northern Gateway

Posted on June 11, 2014 | No Comments

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Regan moves to protect small business operators

Posted on June 10, 2014

June 10, 2014 (Ottawa) – Geoff Regan, M.P. tabled a private members bill to protect small business operators from the abuse of official marks. “Business owners […]

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Regan tables Bill C-611, An Act to Amend the Trade-marks Act (public authority)

Posted on June 10, 2014

  OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD) Monday, June 9, 2014 Trade-marks Act Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.)       moved for leave to introduce Bill C-611, an act to […]

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Let’s Talk #119

Posted on June 10, 2014

Please join me for a BBQ and meet and greet on June 21, 2014 from 12p.m. to 2p.m. The event will take place at 32 Edward […]

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Regan calling for climate change action plan

Posted on June 3, 2014

House of Commons Debates OFFICIAL REPORT (HANSARD) Monday, June 2, 2014 ORAL QUESTIONS The Environment    Hon. Geoff Regan (Halifax West, Lib.):  Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government’s […]

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Les conservateurs négligent toute mesure concrète contre les changements climatiques

Posted on June 2, 2014

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