Empty Conservative Rhetoric on Pipelines
Letter to the editor in todayâ€™s Regina Leaderâ€“Post (page A10):
A Tory Stunt
The Oct. 9 photo accompanying the story â€œTory candidates laud pipeline industryâ€ showed pipe produced at Evraz stored outside the fence of another company, where this Conservative campaign stunt was held.
The story did not mention that the company concerned uses pipe imported from China, which does not support employment at Evraz in Regina. The story did correctly report, â€œThe candidates did not make any new announcements in regards to new projects or investments.â€
Certainly, the Conservative government has not done anything to prevent Chinese steel producers from exploiting unfair competitive advantages by undercutting internationally recognized labour and environmental standards. The new Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal negotiated by the Conservatives in secret during the election campaign will facilitate importing pipe from Japan and Korea, as opposed to manufacturing pipe in Canada.
NDP leader Tom Mulcair has consistently supported a west-east pipeline, subject to a proper environmental review process. Unlike proposals running west or south from the Alberta oilsands, a pipeline going east would have the capacity to transport Saskatchewan oil and keep refining jobs in our country.
The Conservatives offer nothing but photo ops and empty rhetoric about pipe manufacturing jobs. By contrast, the NDPâ€™s fair trade policies would limit the dumping of steel from offshore into the Canadian market, encouraging the use of pipe produced in Regina.
The NDP has better policies to support good Canadian jobs and is the only party that can replace Conservatives in Regina.
– Ken Neumann is Canadian national director, United Steelworkers