In light of the Federal Court of Appeal decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline, the NDP is once again calling on Premier Scott Moe to develop a schedule for replacement of existing pipelines to keep steelworkers on the job.
“This decision highlights the failures of the federal Liberals to set clear goalposts for major projects. The fact that they went so far as to pay billions for a pipeline without being certain it could be built is the height of incompetence,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “For businesses, for communities and for workers, we need clear guidelines for major projects. The uncertainty produced by errors such as this jeopardizes public and investor confidence in our regulatory system and our economic future.”
This decision, along with Trump's tariffs on Canadian steel, endangers hundreds of jobs at Regina's Evraz steel plant.
“When a project like this is under review, it’s the federal government’s job to ensure there are clear goalposts. We need to hold the federal government to account for their failures on this project and ensure a fair, safe and consistent regulatory environment,” Meili said. “We also need to do whatever is in Saskatchewan's power to keep our steelworkers on the job. That's why we're calling on Premier Moe to support our proposal for an evidence-based replacement schedule of existing pipelines in Saskatchewan.”
Creating and protecting jobs in the steel industry has been a focus of the NDP. Meili, with the support of the United Steelworkers, has called for the introduction of a “best-before date” system to develop a schedule for replacement of existing pipelines, creating jobs and protecting land and waterways in the province, but the Sask. Party has failed to explore this sensible approach.
"We have the power to create demand for steel made right here in Regina,” said United Steelworkers Local 5890 President Mike Day. “Bringing in best-before dates for pipelines will help to protect good jobs, and it will help create construction jobs out on worksites across the province.”