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I’m deeply troubled that work has been suspended on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

I have been arguing for years across this country, including in BC, that this federally-approved project is vital to the economic well-being of all Canadians.

But today I want to remind the nation about why this is important to Calgarians.

While the rest of the country’s economy may be firing on all cylinders, Calgary is still in the midst of a very fragile economic recovery. Trans Mountain is more than just an energy transportation project—it’s one of the most powerful ways to ensure a full economic recovery felt by all our citizens. We are talking about 37,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs across Canada per year of operations. This isn’t fun and games; the value of this to Calgarians and all Canadians cannot be understated.

For decades, Calgary has been the engine of the national economy. We want to continue to be that engine—to support our neighbours coast to coast to coast with our ingenuity, our passion, and, yes, our wealth. But we need help—right now—to do that. We are not asking for a bailout or subsidy—we are asking the federal government to vigorously uphold its own rules and processes without delay. Certainly, the Canadian energy industry is as important to all Canadians as the aerospace and auto industries.

The sideshow of delays and frivolous court challenges in BC must stop. This is entirely within the power of BC Premier John Horgan who needs to understand he is now a leader—not an activist. I’m calling on him to stand down. Now. And he must take action to help us all move beyond the "economic and constitutional disaster" we've seen unfold here.

I support any actions to ensure this project moves forward.

- Mayor Naheed Nenshi

EDIT: Mayor Nenshi spoke about this in a Q&A with media on April 10

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