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Proposed legislation aims to give Alberta right to defend its exports

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EDMONTON, AB – Alberta isn’t backing down in its fight to protect the province’s energy resources.

The UCP government on Tuesday tabled legislation which, if passed would give the Energy Minister authority to restrict the export of crude oil and natural gas from Alberta

Minister Sonya Savage says the government is serious about defending the province’s constitutional right to manage its own natural resources.

The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act would replace the previous act with the same name and give the Alberta government the power to battle back against any jurisdiction that tries to block this province’s exports.

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The government says this proposed act “strengthens” the previous version.

Savage says this is a matter of having every option available to the province. “We will not back down from defending our economic interests and will use this legislation when needed.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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