From the Progressive Contractors Association
PCA Highly Disappointed by Withdrawal of Teck Resources Mine Project
Edmonton (February 24, 2019) – The cancellation of the $20-billion Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project, is a major setback for resource development in Canada, according to the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies and workers would have welcomed the opportunity to build the project.
“It’s a major blow to Canadian workers, their employers, First Nations, and investors,” said Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “This is a company that’s clearly been sideswiped by Canada’s failure to stand up for resource projects that matter to Alberta and all Canadians. We are at a crossroads with Canada’s resource economy. Teck’s cancellation culminates a 10-year regulatory process and had the support of all local First Nations. Canada must decide whether the rule of law and fair consultation will prevail, or a radical minority.”
Citing the ongoing debate over climate change policy, Teck Resources Ltd., withdrew its application to move forward with the project. PCA believes that Teck’s CEO Don Lindsay is right that Canada needs a better, more reliable framework for moving resource projects forward.
The project proposed by Teck Resources Ltd., would have created as many as 7,000 jobs during construction, another 2,500 jobs during operation, and billions in tax revenues to all three levels of government.
“Not only has Canada missed out on major jobs and revenue, it’s signalling to investors that this is not the right place for their investment dollars,” added de Jong. “Those opportunities are going to more sophisticated jurisdictions that have the vision and strategic approach to get national resources projects approved and built.”
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.
Contractors Association disappapointed by Teck Withdrawal.
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A recently released Alberta government document lists oilsands producers that have benefitted from a 2018 program designed to soften the blow of carbon pricing for companies whose competitors don’t pay those costs.
The program allows successful applicants to meet reduction targets through a greater emphasis on offsets, apply for emissions reduction grants or simply emit more carbon.
The document shows the only company that has benefitted from the program every year between 2018 and 2020 is Canadian Natural Resources Limited, which declared more than $2 billion in profits in the third quarter of 2021.
Alberta New Democrat environment critic Marlin Schmidt says the province must be more transparent, pointing out the document doesn’t say what benefits CNRL received, how big they were or how they were justified.
Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says his office is looking into how the program was used.
He says if problems are found, it could have an effect on the agreement between Alberta and Ottawa on carbon pricing.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 8, 2021.
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