Energy East Pipeline Failure Major Loss for Canada

Edmonton (October 5, 2017) – TransCanada’s decision to cancel the Energy East pipeline project serves as a stark reminder of a regulatory system that no longer serves the national interests of Canadians, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA).

“This is yet another example of Canada’s failure to approve major infrastructure projects even though the benefits to Canadians, communities, the economy and our skilled workforce are undeniable,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Canadians have just lost out on thousands of jobs from coast to coast, billions in GDP and tax revenues, and there’s no good reason for it.”

The project would have served as a means of boosting Canada’s oil and gas exports and easing reliance on foreign oil supplies.

“Energy East was a prime example of a milestone project that benefited us all,” said de Jong. “Now it’s symbolic of a system that’s breaking down our national resolve to build those major infrastructure projects that Canada’s economy, prosperity and competitiveness depend on.”

Last year PCA launched the Let’s Build It Campaign to help get some of Canada’s largest and most important energy and infrastructure projects built.

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About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.

For further information, contact:

Danna O’Brien, 416-500-0699