Manley praises ‘important step forward’ by energy ministers

Comments by The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, on the conclusion of this week’s annual meeting of energy ministers in Kananaskis, AB:

“Federal, provincial and territorial ministers have taken an important step forward in recognizing a shared energy vision for Canada and agreeing to work together to maximize the potential of Canada’s diverse energy resources.

“The priorities they identified for further collaboration are the right ones, including the need to make regulatory processes more efficient, transparent and timely. This is critical to ensure that major energy projects that will benefit all Canadians proceed on a timely basis.

“We were pleased to see broad agreement on the need for Canada to seek out new export opportunities for our energy resources, to encourage more public-private sector cooperation in the development of innovative energy technologies, and to improve the resiliency of the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure.

“A national energy strategy cannot be accomplished in one meeting. Business leaders across the country look forward to seeing meaningful progress on these priorities by the time Canada’s energy ministers meet again next year.”

Founded in 1976, the CCCE is a non-partisan organization that engages in public policy research, consultation and advocacy. Its members lead companies that collectively administer $4.5 trillion in assets, employ more than 1.4 million men and women and are responsible for most of Canada’s private-sector exports, investment and training.