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November 6th, 2013

Keystone pipeline equals Canadian job losses

As the Keystone XL pipeline plan threatens to ship thousands of quality Canadian jobs south of the border, New Democrats have introduced an Opposition Day motion to protect Canada’s long-term economic and environmental prosperity.

“We’ve lost more than 500,000 value-added and manufacturing jobs since the Conservatives came to power, and we have a record balance-of-payments deficit. All of this is related to the Conservative obsession with promoting the export of non-renewable raw resources no matter what the cost,” said NDP Energy Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby–New Westminster).

Julian’s motion reads as follow:

“That, in the opinion of the House, the Keystone XL pipeline would intensify the export of unprocessed raw bitumen and would export more than 40,000 well-paying Canadian jobs, and is therefore not in Canada’s best interest.”