Minister Oliver Welcomes Report on Jobs and Economic Benefits of West-East Pipeline

Minister Oliver Welcomes Report on Jobs and Economic Benefits of West-East 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/10/13 -- The Honourable Joe
Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, issued the following
statement today following the release of the Deloitte & Touche LLP
(Deloitte) report on the job creation and economic benefits of
TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Project proposal.  
"The Harper Government is focused on creating jobs, economic growth
and long-term prosperity. So we welcome today's report on the
proposed Energy East pipeline, which would transport western Canadian
oil to the east and new markets abroad.  
"Subject to science-based regulatory review, our Government strongly
supports energy infrastructure projects that will create jobs and
allow Canada to take advantage of the growing global demand for
natural resources.  
"The Deloitte report's findings demonstrate that the Energy East
pipeline project would generate high-quality jobs for Canadians,
including Aboriginal peoples, in every province along the pipeline
route. The report estimates more than 10,000 full-time jobs would be
created during the development and construction phase and another
1,000 during the operation of the proposed pipeline. The project
would also generate $35 billion in gross domestic product and $10
billion in tax revenues for municipal, provincial and federal
"Our natural resources already directly and indirectly account for
almost one-fifth of nominal GDP and 1.8 million jobs across Canada.
Natural resources also generate $30 billion in tax revenue and
royalties annually to help fund critical social programs like health
care and education. 
"Pipelines moving oil from the west to the east would be among the
most expansive and ambitious stretches of energy infrastructure in
the world, and would contribute to the energy security of Canada and
all of North America. Replacing higher-cost foreign crude with
lower-cost Canadian crude for refineries in Quebec and Atlantic
Canada would protect and increase job opportunities in the refinery
sector and ensure a competitive fuel supply for consumers.  
"Pipeline safety is integral to the government's plan for Responsible
Resource Development. We have increased protections and we will only
allow such e
nergy projects to proceed if they are proven safe for
Canadians after an independent, science-based environmental and
regulatory review."  
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