Colleen Young is making a name for herself when it comes to energy in the province of Saskatchewan.
The newly elected MLA for Lloydminster rose in the legislative assembly late last month and called on the premiers of Ontario and Quebec to approve the controversial Energy East pipeline.
The pipeline would carry crude oil from Alberta to New Brunswick.
Young said in her remarks to the legislative assembly that the approval of the Energy East pipeline would be beneficial to all of Canada, not only Saskatchewan.
“The Energy East pipeline is one we cannot afford to miss. It is imperative that we keep our economy strong so we can maintain the Saskatchewan advantage,” she said.
She added that the Energy East pipeline would help heavy oil in the Lloydminster area get to market.
In an interview with the Lloydminster Source, Young stated that the pipeline would support economic development right across the country.
“Not only would this pipeline promote employment, but it will also promote economic development right across the country,” she said.
“Both Ontario and Quebec have concerns about the greenhouse gas emission from the pipeline.”
The pipeline, which will benefit both Ontario and Quebec according to Young, will be a recycled pipeline that carried natural gas before, and now, will be carrying crude oil.
“I don’t believe that the concerns that (Ontario and Quebec) are raising should be supported,” said Young. “The National Energy Board (NEB) already has a process in place for regulations. And the NEB is the appropriate body to look over the pipeline proposal.”
In a article by the Canadian Press, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne stated that the approval should wait until the NEB approves the pipeline.
“We are not going to preempt the National Energy Board’s process,” she said. “We are going to feed into it.”
Wynne went on to say in the same article that she rejects the tone that the Saskatchewan legislature set in passing the motion.
“What I worry about is injecting a confrontational tone into this discussion,” she said.
“I think it’s extremely important for the country that we find a way to work this out.”
The original motion was introduced by Premier Brad Wall. Asked if she had spoken with the premier about the amendment to the original motion, Young stated they had spoken before the introduction.
Young’s amendment states, “This assembly calls on Ontario and Quebec to recognize the National Energy Board as the appropriate body to review that pipeline proposal; and further, that these province should not be creating unnecessary barriers by imposing additional processes and conditions, such as effects on greenhouse gas emissions.”
Young said the conversation was mostly positive between her and the premier about the amendment.
“He was in favour of the proposed amendment that I was going to be putting onto his motion that he introduced.”