As we navigate our "new normal," it is important Canada do so using all the tools at our disposal. The oil and natural gas industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy and is vital to the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
It supports more than 500,000 jobs coast-to-coast-to-coast and pumps billions of dollars into government coffers.
That revenue is then used by all levels of government to provide Canadians with one of the best qualities of life in the world - paying for things like public healthcare and education, critical infrastructure, and support for society's most vulnerable citizens.
Canada's oil and gas resources are produced sustainably and responsibly with some of the highest environmental standards in the world. Through its development, we can displace energy produced by totalitarian regimes that do not have the same standards as ours in addition to contributing to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.
And, finally, Canada's energy resources mean prosperity for all. It can, and does, lift indigenous communities from poverty to prosperity, providing jobs, training and opportunities that give them control of the future of their families and communities.