Why open new markets?

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Author: Northern Gateway
Dated: 19 December 2011

Q: Why is this project so critical to the Canadian economy?

Think of it this way. The energy needs of the United States of America with a population of over 300 million people have flatlined. The energy needs of the Pacific Rim, population three billion, are growing dramatically.

Without putting too fine a point on it, Northern Gateway is the key that could unlock a new economic reality—and help transform Canada into a global energy superpower. Northern Gateway represents Canada’s energy crossroads. One path would see us remain landlocked in North America, selling our energy resources at a significant discount. The other path would see us responsibly and safely create the infrastructure to tap into the world’s fastest-growing and most important new energy markets.

Northern Gateway is Canada’s 21st-century equivalent of the St. Lawrence Seaway. It’s a nation-building opportunity, a chance to build for the future, a pathway to connect our most valuable export to the developing markets that need it, an opportunity to provide jobs and prosperity for future generations of Canadians.

Other countries can always provide energy for the burgeoning Pacific Rim economies. Northern Gateway can take Canada from the sidelines to the playing field.

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