CBTU Meets with Premier Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick to talk Jobs and Energy

Feb 6, 2019

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) met with Premier Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick to discuss our shared desire for job opportunities, the development and extraction of natural resources, and making Canadian energy available to all Canadians, at a fair price.

The CBTU has long been an advocate for energy infrastructure to put Canadians – from New Brunswick to Alberta and everywhere in between – to work. When compared to other ways to move energy, pipeline transportation produced between 61 and 77 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than rail, according to a study out of the University of Alberta.  The study found that when moving large amounts of bitumen, a long distance, pipelines offer significantly less greenhouse gas emissions.

“We share the same understanding of the need to build a national energy corridor, something that Premier Higgs understands would benefit all New Brunswickers,” said Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer, Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “Canada has an abundance of natural resources. Our challenge lies in the size of our country; we need to address the issue of labour mobility to get people working, and we need to make Canadian resources available to all Canadians in a responsible and safe way, and frankly that’s what pipelines offer.”

Blakely went on to say, “Moving forward, we understand that our unions are part of the solution to Canada’s energy crisis, Premier Higgs is an outstanding champion for Canadian energy and we are proud to be able to work with him. We will continue to work with all levels of government across this country to make Canadian energy accessible to all Canadians.”