Question Period – Petrochemicals Diversification Program – April 17, 2018

Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As someone who has advocated for the petrochemicals diversification program, I’m gratified to see the uptake from industry and the projects it has incentivized. I know that Inter Pipeline has begun construction on their $3.5 billion polypropylene production unit in the Industrial Heartland. To the Minister of Energy: could she update the House on progress at Inter Pipeline and other ongoing PDP projects?

The Speaker: The hon. Minister of Energy.

Ms McCuaig-Boyd: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, we’re focused on the right priorities for Albertans such as creating good jobs in a more diversified economy. This means getting Alberta off the boom-and-bust roller coaster we’ve been on for many, many years. The Inter Pipeline project is under construction, as the member notes, and at peak will have 2,000 people working on-site. That’s not to mention all the procurement that is going on, and I can tell you that the company is making every effort to procure as much in Alberta as they can. It’s well under way, and it’s a great project for . . .

The Speaker: Thank you, hon. minister.

Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Minister.
That sounds encouraging, but what does it mean to my constituents in terms of direct jobs and other spinoffs? To the same minister: what is the total economic impact of projects announced to date, assuming all go forward?

The Speaker: The hon. minister.

Ms McCuaig-Boyd: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, in addition to creating a new value chain which we do not have in Alberta, it’s creating new markets, perhaps new manufacturing down the road. At the end of the day, when this project is built, it’s going to be $3.5 billion of private-sector investment. It will be thousands of jobs in construction, and it will employ approximately 180 full-time jobs. While it’s being built, we’re enjoying taxes in the municipality and in the government. People are working. Again, it’s a great project for Alberta, and it’s history making.

Mr. Piquette: Thank you, Minister.
Given that the Official Opposition is against these types of industrial incentive programs and given your own understanding of international competition for these types of projects, again to the Minister of Energy: would these welcome developments have happened without the assistance of the petrochemicals diversification program?

The Speaker: The hon. minister.

Ms McCuaig-Boyd: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. You know, when we looked at all these programs, we looked at the strengths we have here in Alberta, and absolutely resources are one of them. We have a skilled workforce, creative people. I can tell you that when I was down in Houston, we did learn that it’s a competitive thing, and we need to find a way to get those investment decisions over the line. Indeed, Inter Pipeline has told me on more than one occasion that it was this very program that made the final investment decision go. We’re following the same vision Premier Lougheed had many years ago, and we’re very proud to do that, something the Conservatives . . .

The Speaker: Thank you, hon. minister. Thank you.

 

Town & Country – April 10, 2018 NDP proposes no-go zone outside abortion clinics

Athabasca-Sturgeon-Redwater MLA Colin Piquette said that regardless of one’s position on abortion, it is a legal right that government is obligated to protect. 

“As the government, we are obligated if people are accessing a legitimate health service that they’re not being intimidated, shamed or bullied for doing so,” he said. 

“I just think it is unfortunate that we need to put this type of legislation into plat, and I have respect for diverse opinions on this issue,” Piquette added. 

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Athabasca Advocate – April 10, 2018 Not ‘just a ploughboy’

Documentary on local author George Ryga screened at Nancy Appley

“Too often in our own history, we tend to see ourselves as not being worth talking outside of our little towns, that interesting things happen in other places,” Piquette said in his speech before the screening. “To have an amazing author like George Ryga come out authentically from our community shows we really underrate ourselves.”

MLA Piquette speaks before the screening of “Just a Ploughboy” on April 8, 2018 

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Gibbons Easter Egg Hunt – March 31, 2018

Always happy to sponsor and volunteer for the Gibbon’s Easter Egg Hunt.  Gibbons is lucky to have Melanie Strachan organize this for the community. An event this size takes an incredible amount of work and dedication. Thank you!

 

Visit to St. Elias Russo Orthodox Church Pakan – March 10, 2018

On March 10th I had the pleasure of presenting a Community Facility Enhancement grant for $21, 552 to the St. Elias Orthodox Church Society in Pakan. I was touched when the congregation sung “Many Years”, a traditional Ukrainian celebratory song for me. I could not have felt more welcome. Afterwards, I was honoured to attend the 40 day Memorial Dinner for John Edward Chinery.  Mr. Chinery had in fact worked on the CFEP grant application with his wife Sylvia so it was wonderful to be able to present it on his memorial day. Thank you to the Chinery family,  Archimandrite Gerasim, and to the St Elias Orthodox Church Society for your hospitality and kindness. Thanks also to Ron Rosychuk for the great photos.  Mnohaya lita!