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CME pleased to be chosen as intervenor in National Energy Board hearings

Published by Marie Morden on June 22, 2016

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) was pleased to be notified today of the National Energy Board's decision to include CME nationally and several of CME's provincial offices as official intervenors in TransCanada Pipelines' application for the Energy East Pipeline.

"Manufacturing and the natural resource sector have always been closely linked in Canada," stated Mathew Wilson, CME's Senior Vice President. "Manufacturers use natural resources in the creation of their products and supply the sector with a range of technologies, services and products during the extraction processes."

CME is currently undergoing a national consultation on the future of Canadian manufacturing and exporting which includes new research on the critical links between technology, services, natural resources and the manufacturing sector. The initiative, called Industrie 2030, will create a manufacturing national strategy that will outline an action plan to double manufacturing output and value-added exports by 2030. Natural resource development, extraction and upgrading will be critical to reaching these objectives.

"Energy East is incredibly important for CME, our members, and the country as a whole," added Wilson. "Not only will it create a new market base for Alberta's oil extraction industry, the pipes that will carry the oil will be manufactured by Canadians, the pipeline will be designed, engineered and laid by Canadians, and the oil will be upgraded in a Canadian refinery. This will create jobs and wealth in every province it touches."

CME has long been a supporter of responsible resource extraction and value-added upgrading in Canada. Over the past decade, CME has advocated for the expansion of Canada's pipeline network to move oil and gas from extraction point to its customer base, be that in Canada or around the world.

CME looks forward to representing these interests before the National Energy Board in the coming months.

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