The federal committee tasked with studying Canada’s natural resources has voted against a motion to study the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The motion was defeated by a 7-4 vote, with only Conservatives voting in favour, according to MP Bob Zimmer, who sits on the standing committee. Other committee members from the NDP and Bloc Québécois also voted against the motion, Zimmer said.
“It is shameful that the Liberal members of the Natural Resource Committee have no interest in supporting Keystone XL, by studying the cancellation of the pipeline and the impact it will have on Canada and our energy sector,” Zimmer said in a statement issued Monday.
“By voting against this motion, the Liberals have once again failed to stand up for our oil and gas workers. Securing jobs in the resource sector is an essential part of getting Canadians back to work and Canada’s economic recovery.”
New U.S. President Joe Biden cancelled the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline expansion with the stroke of a pen on his first day in the White House in January.
TC Energy Corp. immediately suspended work after the decision, eliminating more than 1,000 construction jobs.
The 1,947-kilometre pipeline is designed to carry 830,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb.
Some 200 kilometres of pipe have already been installed for the expansion, including across the Canada-U.S. border, and construction had begun on pump stations in Alberta and several U.S. states.
The Conservatives have called Biden's move a serious blow to Canada's economic recovery from the pandemic, and have also called for a special House of Commons committee to study Canada-U.S. relations.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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