So we wrote a letter to the federal government…

Sometimes a letter’s just a letter.

Over the past couple weeks, the media has been making a lot of noise about a letter we co-signed with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian Gas Association and the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (now the Canadian Fuels Association).

The letter, sent in December of 2011 to the Government of Canada, provided suggestions and information to the government around regulatory reforms for Canadian industries.  

It did not outline our plans to re-write Canadian laws.

It was not meant to ensure that the interests of our industry were considered before or at the expense of others.

And it wasn’t a secret.

Letters like this are an illustration of the role we play in Canada’s democratic process. Plain and simple.

We have nothing to hide and we’ve done nothing wrong. In a previous post on this blog, we explained that lobbying is a legitimate – and democratic – practice. We are registered lobbyists with the federal government and our interactions with the government are part of the public record.

Our member companies have given us the mandate to advocate for them on big picture issues that impact the industry as a whole. From time-to-time, the government may approach us for information to aid them in making changes to relevant legislation. We then provide the government with factual information, which they take under advisement. What they do with that information is up to them. Some of our suggestions are accepted – others are rejected.

So here’s the straight up truth: we don’t have the power to make changes to Canadian laws and we don’t attempt to. All we do is provide the facts based on what our data and research indicates. There’s no conspiracy here. 

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 110,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2011, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.