With over 100,000 jobs lost in Alberta since the collapse of commodity prices and more to come, I long to see the same passion for the most important locally made product in the country! The oil and gas sector accounts for nearly 1.8 million direct and indirect jobs in Canada. $26 billion in revenues have been generated for governments across the country every year from 2009 and 2013. And where, oh where, is the passion to defend this industry?
Approximately 750,000 barrels of foreign oil are purchased and shipped into Canada every day. Of those barrels, 300,000 barrels are brought in via tanker to Canada’s Irving refinery in New Brunswick. Canada has all the oil it needs right here and yet we outsource our market share to countries a world away.
Canada spent almost $100 Billion on foreign oil from 2012-2015 according to Statistics Canada. The oil and gas sector – and consequently, the national economy – is on its heels and the Federal Liberals and Alberta NDP are sticking their proverbial feet out to complete the fall. Why a safe and much needed pipeline (TransCanada’s Energy East) cannot be completed to get Canada’s locally-sourced product to other regions of the country in need of the resource is insane.
Are we interested in creating jobs and prosperity? Maybe the solution to all of this is for a guy in Orillia, ON to write a Facebook post titled “Bye. Bye. Foreign Oil.” After all, the Canadian oil sector is on the metaphorical bottom shelf of the world oil market and is squeezed below rows and rows of foreign oil.
I love the passion this man has created for locally sourced products. I applaud all of the people who have supported him and affected change that ultimately saved jobs and kept commerce within Canada’s borders.