Trudeau to visit struggling Alberta where oil sector seeks support for pipelines

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels Wednesday to Alberta, where the battered oil sector will be looking for strong signals that Ottawa is serious about helping them deliver their controversial commodity to tidewater.The president of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors says the industry isn’t looking for a handout, just federal support on the contentious issue of building pipelines.Mark Schloz warns if the industry can’t get its product to market, then Alberta businesses are going to fail.Trudeau’s visit to Alberta comes as low commodity prices decimate business and government revenues in the resource-dependent province, forcing companies to lay off workers.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau declined Tuesday to answer several questions about whether Ottawa would provide targeted assistance for Alberta.Morneau says the federal government’s upcoming budget will include spending plans to invest in Canada’s entire economy, which he argues will also help struggling provinces like Alberta. by crystalladeras Posted Feb 2, 2016 12:50 pm MDT File Photo: Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Jan. 26, 2015. FLICKR/Justin Trudeau Trudeau to visit struggling Alberta where oil sector seeks support for pipelines AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email