MP Doherty Stands Up for Kinder Morgan
Prince George, B.C. – Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty has spoken up in favour of the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
It followed the first motion newly elected party leader Andrew Scheer made in the House of Commons recently.
The motion stated that (a) the project has the “social license to proceed,” (b) “is critical to the Canadian economy and the creation of thousands of jobs” is (c) “environmentally sound as recognized and accepted the National Energy Board” (d) “is under federal jurisdiction with respect to approval and regulation” and (e) “should be constructed with the continued support of the Prime Minister.”
In a speech in the House, Doherty thanked Scheer “for taking a principled stand on an issue that is dearly important to us in the province of British Columbia.”
While arguing the pipeline needs “a champion” he bemoaned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s alleged inaction on the file.
“Unfortunately to one’s surprise, our Prime Minister made the announcement, but has been absent on this front, choosing to offer a few platitudes not from Ottawa, or his riding of Papineau, but from Italy.”
(The PM was in Italy at the time of Doherty’s speech).
He continued: “Forgive us for our cynicism. I remind the House that we saw the Prime Minister and his cabinet absolutely, 100 per cent, and uncategorically swayed and influenced by outside parties with the reversal of the northern gateway project.”
Doherty added his B.C. caucus “has been afraid to have him discuss it” in B.C. and asked him to “stand up to them” to ensure it’s finally built.
“We are not just talking about a pipeline. We are talking about Canada’s economy.”