All Canadians have a vested interest in oil and gas production, whether as a means for transportation, numerous oil related products, employment, and entrepreneurship. Economically, the Alberta Oil Sands (aka Tar Sands) contribute around 2 percent to the total Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and around 15 percent of the total GDP when factoring in related industries and technical services.
In addition, the Oil Sands contributes about 0.2 percent to the GDP of all provinces except Alberta, where the Oil Sands contribute 35.7 percent (including related industries and services) to the Alberta GDP.
Further, around 40 percent of Canadian exports are from the oil and gas sectors.
Related to the oil and gas industries, due to vast carbon sinks, Canada may be carbon neutral, and its contribution to global carbon emissions is 1.5 percent or less.
The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) supports the following:
● Balance the interests of Canadians affected directly by pipeline development (whether to British Columbia coast, Quebec, the United States, or the Arctic) with the interests of all Canadians. The NCA would implement a weighted voting system based on resident proximity to proposed pipeline, population, Aboriginal peoples, and long-term financial and environmental impacts, to determine whether or not proposed pipeline projects are accepted. Interests of all Canadians including national economic prosperity in contrast to local and regional interests would carry the most weight.
● Ensure that oil and gas companies, and related companies, are accountable for the environmental and human consequences from extracting, processing, and transporting these resources
● Reconcile the reality that some environmental and human harm from extraction, processing, and transportation of oil and gas are irreversible; to deal with this reality, support scientific research on accountability mechanisms and attainable thresholds of sustainability
● Establish a public input process (online) for ideas and comments on oil and gas pipeline development (NCA Public Empowerment Policy.)
● Support strengthening the transparency and accountability of elected officials through expanding the prohibited benefits to officials from special interests (NCA Transparency and Accountability Policy.)
● Take a serious look at applying additional taxation on unrefined oil being exported from Canada as an incentive to build major refineries in Canada
● Support government incentives such as five year tax free business operation to encourage the private sector to set up oil refiners in Canada
● Replace federal carbon taxation with federal government incentives for the private sector to improve the extraction, processing, and transportation of oil and gas
● Establish and enforce strict penalties for anyone who disrupts and/or sabotages economic development
● Establish mechanisms to prevent special interest groups from disrupting public hearing processes
● Provinces that block federally approved industrial products including pipeline development will have their federal transfer payouts reduced
Weighted Voting System for Proposed Pipeline Development
The NCA supports a fair and comprehensive process to determine large-scale industrial projects. The current protocols under the Environmental Protection Act (1999) do not give Canadians reasonable say over such projects, and the process favours local and regional interests over national economic interests. The NCA believes that the Canadian people, coupled with objective evidence of financial and environmental impacts, should make decisions relating to proposed pipeline development projects. The NCA supports implementation of a weighted system that reflects fairly the various stakeholders and most importantly the Canadian public and national economic prosperity.
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