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Let’s consider a northern pipeline and the possibilities for Manitobans
nickel, cobalt, copper,
ast spring, we talked about some of the possibilities in the energy sector for Manitoba. We looked at how to take advantage of our lithium, tantalum, caesium, silver, and graph-
ite deposits, all used in lithium-ion battery manufacturing and add these to our power generation capacity to help us attract a giga- battery factory to Manitoba. We mentioned how cryptocurrencies need cold climates and use huge power resources to power their computer farms. We looked at our access to saltwater and power to assist in a hydrogen production facility up north. Now I want you to begin thinking about another possibility: the construction of a western power grid that would finally make us truly independent from influence and dic- tation from the East. Now I am a federalist and a true believer in Confederation and I know that we must stick together, but I am tired of bowing to the dictates of an influence that has only their own interest in mind. Right now, our country is on the brink of financial di- saster with the collapse of oil prices because our crude can’t make it to markets due to the lack of transportation capacity. And this is because ill-informed individuals in Ontario and selfish interests in Quebec blocked the eastern pipeline and ignorant eastern based policy makers have made it impos- sible to build a pipeline to the western coast. This economic slump has just been compounded by the
announcement that GM is shutting down its Oshawa plant, potentially throwing thousands out of work. Yet there has barely been a whisper about the fact that
downtown Calgary is a city of empty office towers accord- ing to former Winnipeg MP, Michelle Rempel. Over 160,00 jobs have been lost in Alberta but who cares? Nobody in government, it seems. So, we need to do something bold to start the economic engine and what better place to do it in than Manitoba? One of the first things Brian Pallister did when he came
into office was to sign the western trade accord. This has led to the first triumph of this relationship – the sale of hydro power to Saskatchewan. This is just the beginning of a western power grid that could see Mani- toba, Saskatchewan and Alberta exchanging power dependent on conditions – when wa- ter tables are low in Manitoba, we can buy power generated by Saskatchewan’s extensive wind farms and so on.
Alberta should also be on our radar and Dorothy Dobbie
should be open to interprovincial electrical energy purchases as it phases out its coal-fired production and replaces it with gas-fired gen- eration. Its current reluctance to engage inter- provincially because it feels at a disadvantage in dealing with government subsidized power corporations in neighbouring provinces can be overcome with the right type of negotia- tion.
Right now, Canada has 34 lines running north-south, delivering power to the United
States, but only limited interconnectivity interprovincially and basically only in the east. Aside from one very small connection between B.C. and Alberta, there are no lines be- tween the western provinces or between Manitoba and On- tario. The new deal between Manitoba and Saskatchewan is a good start in correcting this ridiculous situation. There is so much to look forward to in Manitoba. For
the first time in many, many years, we have a government that understands and cares about opportunity and business and the world is taking notice. We see new investments in agribusiness, technology and innovation. Our institutions are being reformed to so as to remove barriers to progress and to foster a healthy attitude toward self-reliance and en- terprise.
This is the time to think boldly and pursue every advan-
tage that we have. We have always been known as the gate- way to the west. Let’s become the gateway for the west, as we open up the doors of possibility for our western neigh- bours.
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