Canadian Chamber of CommerceCANADA – Dr. Aaron Henry, Director of Environmental and Resources Policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement today following the government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) project:

“The government’s decision to move TMX forward is an encouraging first step towards generating $73 billion in benefits to Canada over the next 20 years, and a positive sign for project developers across Canada.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce remains cautious, however, because we’ve learned that approved is not built. What we need now is a concrete plan to get TMX and other trade-enabling infrastructure built without unnecessary legal delays.

Getting our oil and gas to tidewater is economically critical for Canada. The rest of the world wants Canada’s lower-carbon oil and gas, and as a nation committed to climate action, we should have a responsibility to provide it.”

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.