Create new coast-to-coast energy corridor to get pipelines built: Scheer

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pledged to pursue a coast-to-coast energy corridor, achieve Canadian oil independence within a decade and adjust mortgage rules with the aim of making home-buying more affordable.

With the federal election less than six months away, Scheer used a speech yesterday in Toronto to share his economic pitch to voters.

The Opposition leader told a business crowd that, if elected, he would work to create a dedicated route where it would be easier to approve major energy projects, from pipelines to power lines.

Scheer said planning and consulting for the right-of-way would be done up front, sparing industry of the complicated process of submitting proposals for new projects.

He added the corridor would be designed in full consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities.

Scheer also promised to help ensure Canada no longer needs foreign oil, and be ``fuelled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.''