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50. Priority Resolution: National Energy Strategy

WHEREAS energy production and consumption is vital to Canadians well-being and standard of living;

WHEREAS achieving energy self-sufficiency is possible and valuable;

WHEREAS it is important for Canada to maintain and diversify its markets for energy products and services;

WHEREAS the scientific consensus is that climate change is a serious environmental threat requiring rapid action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada will, in consultation with Canadians, develop and implement a National Energy Strategy that will transition our energy system to a low-carbon system in line with our international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing our economic success.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NES will:
• ensure the transition increases overall employment;
• utilize market mechanisms to reduce pollution and enhance competition for innovation in low-carbon technologies;
• Eliminate subsidies hindering the low-carbon transition;
• define and seek to eliminate energy poverty in Canada;
• Refine the application process to be more effective by assessing the full costs and benefits through the life-cycle of a proposed energy project;
• evaluate and eliminate interprovincial trade barriers;
• enhance access and diversity of markets for energy products and services;
• take actions to maximize the efficient utilization and conservation of energy resources;
• establish meaningful consultative, Constitutional processes with First Nations/Inuit/Metis prior to development of energy and/or natural resource programs;
• support construction and effective maintenance of pipeline and railway networks across Canada with effective regulation and inspection;
• establish a multi-sectoral National Roundtable on Energy to advise and monitor progress towards achieving the goals and objectives of the NES.

Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)