Clockwise from left to right: Chris Warkentin, Saba Mossagizi, James Friesen, Dylan Thompson, Reagan Johnston, the new Grande Prairie - Mackenzie riding
In the days leading up to the federal election on October 19, we will be publishing the answers to questions posed by 2day FM to the candidates running in the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie riding. The responses are listed in alphabetical order and are unedited. They have not been fact checked and 2day FM is not responsible for any errors or inaccuracies.
Q: How will your party support the exploration of alternative energy sources, particularly in northwestern Alberta?
James Friesen, Green Party
A: As the small business party, the Green Party would encourage local business people, entrepreneurs, to look at and invest, in the exploration of alternative energy sources. Some of the funding that is currently being given to multi national Corporations, like the GM, Chrysler, Oil company’s ect, could be used to support local small business in their endeavor to develop local alternative energy sources.
Reagan Johnston, Liberal Party
Liberals understand that the environment and creating a more sustainable future are among the most pressing challenges we face as Canadians.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will attend the Paris climate conference with the Premiers, and formally meet within 90 days to establish a pan-Canadian framework to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. We will also fulfill our G20 commitment and phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
To support both large and community-scale renewable energy projects, the new Canada Infrastructure Bank will issue Green Bonds to fund projects like electric vehicle charging stations and networks, transmission lines for renewable energy, building retrofits, and clean power storage.
Clean technology can deliver real benefits for our environment and our economy, including more good-quality middle class jobs. We will invest $200 million more each year to support innovation and the use of clean technologies in our natural resource and energy sectors. We will work closely with the provinces and territories to develop a Canadian Energy Strategy to protect Canada’s energy security, encourage energy conservation, and bring cleaner, renewable energy onto the electricity grid.
We will also launch an immediate, public review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes. Based on this review, a Liberal government will replace Mr. Harper’s changes to the environmental assessment process with a new, comprehensive, timely, and fair process. As part of this review, we will modernize and rebuild trust in the National Energy Board by ensuring it has broad regional representation and sufficient expertise in fields such as environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge.
Saba Mossagizi, NDP
We want to provide the support necessary for exploration by creating an innovation tax credit and giving small businesses in these fields incentives to do so.
Dylan Thompson, Libertarian Party
A: Alternative energy is a noble cause and a country with greater economic freedom would bring prosperity and opportunity to many noble causes in society, like alternative energy development.
Chris Warkentin, Conservative Party
I am proud of our region and the innovative and creative people who call our region home. Energy is an important part of our region’s economy. Over the past decades, we have witnessed a transformation in the way exploration, development and export of natural gas and oil are done here in Nothwest Alberta. Government and industry have partnered to build a world-leading energy sector that we can be proud of. I believe that we will continue to see advancements in this sector and alternative energy sources as well.
There is much work being done to ensure that we capture energy that is currently being considered waste. Our government has partnered with many innovative projects that capture energy that was once considered unusable. An example of this was our partnership with Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie mill where we made a significant investment with the federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program to help it become a more productive, competitive and sustainable mill and a major producer of renewable energy from forest biomass.
It has been reported that the Grande Prairie Weyerhaeuser mill now meets its own energy needs and sell excess electricity to the grid. As a result, approximately 2,800 local homes have access to carbon-neutral power.
This investment is good news for Weyerhaeuser, its workers and the surrounding community. By expanding its line of forest products to include clean energy for the homes and businesses in Alberta, Weyerhaeuser is able to continue sustaining quality jobs in this region and using waste to create renewable energy.
Our government is proud of the investments that we have made in reliable and transformative new technologies as well as our partnerships in projects that have led to more jobs and a diversified local economy and energy sources. We will continue to invest in projects that lead to healthier communities and healthier economies.