Line 5 Would Benefit from Much Stronger Federal Cheering Section

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), whose member companies build major infrastructure projects, employing thousands of skilled construction workers, is urging the federal government to take a stronger stand on the Enbridge Line 5.

“The federal government cannot afford to sit on the sidelines, while another North American pipeline is under attack,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “If this government is serious about protecting Canada’s energy security, good skilled jobs and our economy, now is the time for a stronger show of support for Line 5.”

Last month the Keystone XL pipeline was cancelled. Before that the Northern Gateway and Energy East pipelines were done away with. Now the Governor of Michigan is threating to shut down Line 5, a critical piece of Canada’s energy infrastructure.

Line 5 carries 87 million litres of oil and liquids daily from Western Canada to refineries in the U.S. and Canada, supplying nearly half of the oil used by Ontario and Quebec, and more than half of Michigan’s propane supply.

“As Canadians, we want to protect our Great Lakes, our communities and our livelihood too,” added de Jong. “We’re hopeful Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet will stand up and firmly deliver the message that allowing Line 5 to continue operating safely and reliably, is a sound environmental and necessary economic decision.”