Winkler, MB – This week in Paris, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change further committed that a Liberal Government would impose regulatory changes to the assessment process for pipelines. What Ms. McKenna did not clarify is if these changes would include pipeline projects already in the process. “While ensuring pipelines are constructed and operated in a safe and responsible way is important, what the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change proposed in Paris is an unmeasured response that could further destabilize the market while having no measurable impact on Green House Gas emissions.” said the Hon. Candice Bergen, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar in Manitoba. Ms. Bergen continued; “By seemingly threatening to change the rules surrounding pipeline approval midstream during the consideration process, Minister McKenna and the Liberal government are creating potential instability in the energy sector which has already been shaken by low oil prices, a provincial NDP government who is not supportive of resource development, and most recently the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline by the Obama administration.” “Minister McKenna needs to clarify as to whether existing projects that are midway through the evaluation process will be subjected to this new and unspecified regulatory change. This is a time when Government needs to help ensure stability and consistency in the energy sector. Immediate clarification is required to send a signal of stability to the Canadian energy sector and the markets.”