MP Viersen weighs in on Trans Mountain Pipeline court decision; expresses disappointment in grant to Mastercard

Peace River-Westlock MP, Arnold Viersen is applauding a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada.

The court dismissed a case in which four BC First Nations were attempting to halt construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Viersen says Canadians want to see pipelines built.

“We are looking forward to having this pipeline built so that prosperity can come back to Alberta and we can contribute our part to the Canadian economy,” says Viersen.

Viersen adds that while the court decision was great news for the TMX pipeline, Bill C-69 is something the Tories want to see repealed.

The bill was passed last year when the Liberal Party held a majority government.

When the bill received royal ascent, the government touted the bill as one that puts economic and environmental interests hand-in-hand.

“Trans Mountain was approved under the old process,” points out Viersen. “Under the new process, there are no pipeline projects being proposed. We are still sitting in a place where we need these major energy projects to happen in Canada and we are not seeing them move forward.”

Viersen was also unimpressed with the liberal’s decision to put just under $50 million towards American credit card giant, Mastercard’s new cyber security facility in the Vancouver area.

“It has been a rough go for Northern Albertans whether they work in the energy, logging, or farming industries,” stresses Viersen. “I believe Mastercard’s profits were around $5 billion last year so I really don’t think they are in need of a $50 million grant.”

Economic Development Minister, Melanie Joly, defended the handout in the House of Commons saying that the credit card company will create hundreds of jobs.

– Kenny Trenton, Trending 55 Newsroom