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For Immediate Release
June 18, 2019

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s decision by the federal government to approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. 

The announcement was made in Ottawa this afternoon by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following the conclusion of the reconsideration report by the National Energy Board and Phase III consultations with Indigenous communities. 

“After careful consideration, analysis, and a rigorous environmental assessment, cabinet has rightfully chosen to forge ahead with this project, given the critical importance of this infrastructure to our national economy,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “We applaud the federal government for making this decision. It is high time that we move forward, collectively as Canadians, to build this infrastructure and get our natural resources to international markets.”

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been a supporter of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project for years, given the host of benefits the project would bring to communities along the pipeline’s route. 

“Construction of this project will provide benefits to communities and First Nations in B.C. and Alberta,” said Black. “Responsible natural resource projects have been the lifeblood of our economy for decades, providing jobs and paying for many of the social services we all enjoy as Canadians. This project will be no exception, providing family-supporting jobs and new tax revenues for schools and hospitals across the country.” 

As a founding member of the Confidence in Canada coalition, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade will continue to advocate for Canadians and Canadian businesses to ensure the country we call home is an attractive place to invest, work, and raise our families for generations to come. 

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About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:

Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada's leading business association, engaging members to impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one-third of B.C.'s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events programs in the country, providing a platform for national and international thought leaders to enlighten B.C.'s business leaders.

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