Not one to shy away from supporting the energy industry, Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall, has always been a vocal supporter of oil and gas. On Wednesday, June 8th, he spoke to The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) in Calgary about threats facing the industry.
“Today, there continues to be an existential threat to this industry. This industry that is so important in my province,” he said. “We are in the middle of a battle, and frankly, we haven’t been winning very many battles. When I say we, I mean this sector, and the resource importance of Western Canada. And, I fear we are in danger of losing more battles if we are not vigilant.”
Wall touched on many issues facing Western Canada right now, from the carbon tax, Leap Manifesto, and environmental concerns, to the much needed pipelines being rejected. He spoke to the importance of looking at the facts to make informed decisions about what is best for the oil and gas industry and the Canadians who work in it.
Many are pushing for a move to a post-carbon economy. These are the people who
think the oil and gas sector is the big bad, ruining the environment at every turn just to make a buck. People who don’t fully understand the industry and its importance to our economy, and whose opinions of the industry may not be formed from totally factual information. But, he stressed, “We have facts on our side. Evidentiary cases to make for this industry and its importance to the country.” Wall continued, “So, I humbly suggest to all of you today that we urgently all of us need to redouble every effort to disseminate those facts. That we would become ever more determined purveyors of the truth about this sector and about how you conduct business and how you have conducted business for many, many decades.”
Not only does Premier Wall understand the industry, he understands the people who work in it, and why it is so important to those people and Canada as a whole.