Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau told citizens of Calgary on Tuesday that he and the liberal government had to do more to talk about the role of the Canadian energy sector in other parts of the country.
Morneau, who spoke to the Chamber of Commerce less than a week after Prime Minister Justina Trudeau and whose visit, for example, Trudeau, met large numbers who were resistant to oil demonstrations, with a sharp price cut that does not currently deal with Alberta, said he had heard from business leaders that the Canadian government "as it should be" is not in vain as an industry supporter. "
"From my point of view, the decision to buy the" Trans Mountain ", was explicitly intended to replace the verbs," said Morneau. "But I made last night and made a repeat attempt to make sure that we deliver it all over the country this morning … We need to think about how we can be more pro-supportive, so that people in this room agree that we will give them well represented. "
Like Prime Minister in his speech last Thursday, Morneau expressed deep concerns about the difference in Canadian crude oil – which he acknowledged – triggering "acute alarm" in Calgary and costing the Canadian economy around $ 80 million a day.
Like Trudeau, Morneau did not propose any new solutions to the problem, saying only that the federal government is working hard to build Trans Mountain and listening to the industry trying to find other ways to help.
"If it were easy to answer, we would have accepted it," said Morneau. "But we do not see an easy answer."
Mark Scholz, President of the Canadian Oilwell Drilling Equipment Manufacturers Association (CAODC), is called Morneau's recognition that the federal government could give more support to the industry as "an incredible step forward."
"This industry has for some time considered that the government has not spoken about the language it uses to describe our industry," Scholz said.
Scholz said that the government tends to rely on Alberta's oil and gas industry rather than the Canadian oil and gas industry, or that it has not been vocally advocating and defending the national regulatory system, is the industry.
"Tone is the most important issue," Scholz said. "The small things and signals and the language chosen by our political leaders are very important to them."
However, Mark Kupper, a spokeswoman for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, said that while the federal government is doing it to promote the energy sector in other parts of Canada, it is welcome, now is the time for more concrete solutions.
"We urgently need to take action," said Cooper. "I think what the business community wants from Ottawa to truly be aware that these market access issues and investments we are experiencing are largely linked to its policies and the ongoing diversion of regulatory goals."
Both local government and provincial governments reported on Tuesday a sudden announcement this week at the closure of the General Motors assembly plant in Oshwa, Onta, as an example of the seemingly disconnected Trudeau government and what is happening on the ground in Alberta.
"Since the economic downturn has started every month, in Alberta we lost two and a half genetically modified plants," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, referring to job losses in oil packaging. "Last night, an extraordinary Parliament meeting was held on these 2,000 (Oshwa) jobs."
"Their (federal government) measures so far point out that they are indifferent so that the Canadian energy sector would mean Canada and its influence," said Deron Bilous, the provincial economic development minister. "We have seen the Prime Minister react very quickly to the news in Osh … We would like to see the federal government move as quickly as possible to the Alberta energy sector."
However, Triston Goodman, President of the Canadian Research and Producers' Association, said he was ready to give Morneau and his colleagues some credit, as he believed that the federal government had to do more to deal with the differential crisis.
"The fact is that we have a prime minister who has been 20 times since Alberta since he was elected, and he has included several billions of dollars in purchasing a pipeline," Goodman said. "It would be wrong to say that the federal government has done nothing."
– With files from Chris Varcoe and Meghan Potkins