FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government tabled a motion in the legislative assembly today in support of the Energy East pipeline project.

Premier Brian Gallant moved, seconded by Opposition Leader Blaine Higgs, that the legislative assembly recommit its backing of the Energy East pipeline project and the economic opportunities it could bring to New Brunswick.

“The Energy East pipeline would create thousands of jobs and boost the New Brunswick economy by hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Gallant.

An estimated 4,551 direct and indirect jobs are expected during construction of the pipeline, with 321 jobs every year of operation. The potential increase to New Brunswick’s GDP is more than $3 billion.

“The Energy East pipeline is an important project for Canada as well,” said Gallant. “It would help the Canadian oil industry diversify its markets instead of relying so heavily on exporting to the United States. It would offer Canada an alternative to transporting oil by rail and reduce the dependence of refineries in eastern Canada on foreign oil.”

The motion was tabled to demonstrate both the government and the official opposition’s ongoing endorsement of the pipeline project. A similar motion tabled in 2012 also had the support of the government and opposition of that time.

“There have been developments as of late which we believe makes this a good time to reiterate bi-partisan support in New Brunswick,” said Gallant.