Minister Carr Calls on Canadians to Join Generation Energy and Share Their Ideas for Canada's Energy Future

WINNIPEG, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Energy plays an important role in the daily lives of Canadians. It powers our homes, keeps us connected and takes us where we want to go.

The way we deliver and consume energy in Canada will evolve as the world works to address climate change while responsibly meeting rising demand for oil and gas and funding the next generation of clean energy. It's time to articulate a vision of how Canada will develop its resources sustainably while investing in the energy of tomorrow.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today launched Generation Energy, a national dialogue on Canada's path to a low-carbon future. The purpose of this dialogue is to invite all Canadians to share their ideas and participate in helping define Canada's energy future.

Minister Carr launched the event at Manitoba Hydro, where he led a panel discussion with energy experts including Cheryl Cardinal, CEO of the Indigenous Centre for Energy; Aisha Bukhari of the Women in Renewable Energy Advisory Committee; and, Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Construction Trades Council of Ontario, who shared their visions for the future of energy in Canada.

Today marks the beginning of a six-month national conversation, which will take place face to face with provinces and territories, Indigenous groups, international experts and academics, and online with all Canadians through www.generationenergy.ca.

The conversation will conclude with a national symposium, in Winnipeg, which will allow international and Canadian experts, as well as stakeholders from a range of backgrounds, to review the ideas and opinions shared by Canadians. This information will be used to design an approach focused on how the federal government can work with the provinces and territories to create the affordable energy and innovative jobs Canadians want.

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"As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, we should be proud that ingenuity and hard work have made us one of the leading energy producers and innovators in the world. One of the greatest challenges of this generation is building an energy future that addresses climate change while keeping energy affordable, ensures there are jobs for Canadians, and allows our industries to remain competitive.  Generation Energy is about engaging Canadians in helping us to chart that course."

The Honourable Jim Carr
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Alexandre Deslongchamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 343-998-1533; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100

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