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Pipeline deficit costing taxpayers and the business community
 (Medicine Hat, AB) - The Canadian Taxpayers Federations is making a stop in Medicine Hat, as part of its cross-country pipeline tour, to show how much money taxpayers are losing because Canadian oil is sold for less than its full value due to a lack of pipeline capacity.  To illustrate losses to the taxpayer, in real time, a large digital clock keeps a tally of the deficit. The CTF’s analysis shows the federal government lost $6.2 billion between 2013 and 2018 and that number is rising by $3.6 million per day. These figures only account for direct losses to the federal government and don’t include the cost of lost job opportunities, reduced household incomes, foregone revenue to energy companies and other costs to the Canadian economy.

 “Workers in Alberta’s energy industry are made worse off when governments block pipeline development, but so are the rest of Canadian taxpayers,” said Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the CTF. “This is the important message the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has taken to every province: all Canadians benefit when pipelines get built so that we have more money for hospitals, teachers and lower taxes.”

Based on data released by the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the CTF calculated how much additional revenue the federal government would receive if Canadian oil sales received full value compared to the American price. Here are a few examples of the potential benefits for taxpayers if increased pipeline capacity captured full value for Canadian oil from 2013 to 2023:

“Alberta is central to Canada’s economic prosperity and the costs of regulation, along with impacts of existing legislation and Canada’s competitive position, is putting Canada at a disadvantage, ” stated Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. “Canada must take the necessary steps to regulate smarter, with solutions to Canada’s regulatory problems within the government’s control. Modernized frameworks can improve environmental, social and economic protections, while increasing investment, growth and the number of jobs and prosperity for all Canadians, helping to get people back to work and generate more investment in all communities across Alberta and across our country.”

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s tour is visiting every province to show how much money taxpayers are losing because governments have created uncertainty through regulatory and legislative delays which have delayed pipeline construction and business investment. You can find the analysis here.
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, 2018-2019 President
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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