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Ottawa, February 01, 2018 — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, along with the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, issued the following joint statement today in response to the recent announcement by the B.C. government that it will impose restrictions on shipments of diluted bitumen from Alberta:

“Canada’s oil and gas companies already face significant challenges in getting their product to global energy markets. As a result, education, healthcare, and every other public social service which improve Canadians’ quality of life gets less funding because Canada leaves millions of dollars on the table every day.

“The recent announcement by the BC government to restrict shipments of Alberta’s diluted bitumen exacerbates the problem of getting our resources to market and further diminishes Canadian competitiveness. It puts thousands of well-paying jobs, billions in tax revenues, and other economic benefits at risk.

“Together we support regulations that protect Canadians and our environment. The federal government has already taken several steps to implement a world-class oil spill response system.

The BC government’s decision challenges conventions over the division of responsibilities between federal and provincial governments. It sends the wrong message to investors interested in our resource sector and will have implications beyond the oil and gas sector. Most importantly, it sends the wrong message to Canadians about the role we all play in each other’s prosperity.

“This is much more than a regional issue. Part of the contract we have with each other as Canadians is that we won’t put roadblocks in the way of our fellow citizens’ ability to get their products to market. Together we call on the federal government to defend both the constitution and its own regulatory processes and help Canada’s resource sector reach potential customers around the world.”

 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 124 community-based chambers of commerce representing more than 25,000 businesses.

The BC Chamber is the province’s largest and most broadly-based business organization driving insights to its partners, government and Chamber network. With 36,000 members hailing from every nook and cranny of the province, the BC Chamber knows what’s on BC’s mind.

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Contact:

Guillaum W. Dubreuil Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations Canadian Chamber of Commerce 613.797.1860 gdubreuil@chamber.ca