Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Kelowna for this very important question. Equally, I would like to thank the B.C. caucus chair, our friend from Prince George—Peace River, for being a persistent advocate on the importance of standing up for the LNG industry in our home province of British Columbia.
British Columbia is home to 2.9 million cubic feet of natural gas, and there are currently 19 LNG projects in British Columbia. Ten of them have received export permits from the National Energy Board, and, as I have said, if five of them were to move forward, it would create over 100,000 full-time, well-paying jobs in the province of British Columbia.
However, for British Columbia and Canada to move forward to get our products to world markets and get world prices, we have to make sure that we are competitive. That is why our Prime Minister was in British Columbia, working with the Premier of British Columbia and working as well in co-operation with all of the coastal first nations and with first nations across British Columbia on these key projects to make sure we all benefit from them.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the hon. member for Prince George—Peace River for his passion for national parks generally, and particularly for his understanding of the importance of the urban forest cover.
I will not try to score cheap political points here, but I will ask him a question. Does he think that the new act would provide better protection than what is in place for the existing park?
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Prince George—Peace River for that question.
We are working closely with the United States in support of G7 efforts to share our collective expertise and technologies with Ukraine to assist it in transitioning to other energy sources. The minister also spoke about the importance of energy infrastructure in North America, and expressed the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline and that we will have those benefits for both of our countries.
Unlike the NDP, who go to Washington to attack Canadian jobs, our government will work with the United States on these important issues.
There are still three minutes available for questions and comments.
The hon. member for Prince George—Peace River.
Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Prince George—Peace River for that excellent question.
Unlike the Liberal leader, who thinks that budgets balance themselves, we know good economic management requires tough decisions, a focus on priorities, and sound judgment. Under our government, Canada has enjoyed strong economic performance during both the global recession and the recovery.
Today we will introduce economic action plan 2014, act one, marking the next chapter in keeping our commitment to Canadians. We remain focused on our key priorities, supporting families and communities, creating jobs and opportunities, and returning to balance in 2015.
Mr. Speaker, finally we have a great question. It is from the member for Prince George—Peace River.
I give the minister a lot of credit in this area, and both ministers, in fact. They are actually looking forward to saying what we need to learn from this scenario, from the past, and how we ensure it does not happen again.
The $3 million, for example, that is being spent, the $1.5 million from the federal government and the $1.5 million from the industry players that are participating, is for looking exactly at those issues to identify what the bottlenecks are and what the solutions are to those bottlenecks.
The other thing that also has to happen is that CN and CP have to recognize the growth that is happening in western Canada, and they have to pick it up. They have to step up and meet the challenge. That is something that these sectors will identify and bring forward to both CN and CP and back to the government.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Prince George—Peace River for that question. I look forward to working with him on committee.
Yesterday, the National Energy Board, in conjunction with the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, released a report estimating larger than expected reserves in the Montney basin, enough to supply Canada's needs for 145 years. This is fantastic news for our energy sector.
Our government understands the importance of accessing new markets for our energy products, especially natural gas. We will remain focused on jobs and economic growth for all Canadians.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Prince George—Peace River for an excellent question, and the answer is very simple: absolutely none, not a single megatonne of greenhouse gases.
He is quite right. The previous Liberal government paid mere lip service to climate change while greenhouse gases increased during their term by fully 30%. The only thing the NDP leader's plan would reduce is jobs and economic prosperity.
We are the first Canadian government to actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The electoral district of Prince George--Peace River (British Columbia) has a population of 105,865 with 72,063 registered voters and 200 polling divisions.
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