AMHERST, N.S. – Many Maritimer’s, including Scott Armstrong’s son, rely upon a vibrant oil and gas industry in western Canada.
“My son is an electrician in the Oil Sands. He’s worked there five or six years now,” said Armstrong, former MP for Cumberland-Colchester and Conservative candidate for the same riding in the next federal election.
Armstrong was recently at Victoria Square in Amherst to introduce Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer during a meet-and-greet, where, like Scheer, he talked about the importance of an Energy East pipeline to the Maritime’s economy.
“Out here in Atlantic Canada we burn oil from Saudi Arabia, and the pipeline brings Saudi Arabian oil through it,” said Armstrong. “Yet the Liberals have cancelled the West-East pipeline which would have transported oil through the exact same pipeline, oil which is drilled by our own people working out there.”
He said relying upon foreign oil hurts all Canadians, including Maritimers.
“It hurts kids from here who are out there working because it hurts their economy, and they might get laid off earlier because we’re not supporting those pipelines,” said Armstrong. “The message we send to the big oil companies is, ‘Canada doesn’t want your business, go drill in Venezuela, go drill somewhere else.’ We have send a message that Canada is open and that pipelines are important.”