Lacombe will add its voice to a new lobbying effort advocating on behalf of municipalities connected to Canada’s resource industry.
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) is forming the Resources Communities of Canada Coalition to advocate for a responsible resource industry while ensuring municipal perspectives are heard on issues that have an impact on the industry.
AUMA plans to use the upcoming Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Quebec to roll out its educational message about the importance of the country’s resource industry and its challenges.
The organization will also highlight concerns communities have with the proposed Bill C-69, known as the pipeline bill, which some are concerned will have an impact on municipal infrastructure projects, making it harder for them to get approved and adding to costs and increasing red tape.
Alberta’s municipalities have been invited to throw their support behind the coalition to spread the message.
Lacombe city council considered the request at its Tuesday meeting and agreed to support the coalition.
“I think there’s some good opportunity for conversation there (in Quebec),” said Coun. Thalia Hibbs.
“I’d like to say Lacombe is behind that officially with a letter of support.”
Quebec’s National Assembly passed a resolution last week reaffirming its opposition to the Energy East pipeline.