Premier Rachel Notley says you have to pick your battles, and hers with the federal government, going forward, will be to push for new pipelines.
Notley came out against the federal climate change plan, Monday, saying she will not support it until Alberta oil can reach tidewater. Regarding our own Climate Leadership Plan, she says the writing was on the wall that Ottawa was working on something, and they wanted to preempt it.
“We new the federal government was going to act,” she says. “And we knew that it was fundamentally important to develop one here in Alberta, with Alberta industry, with Alberta communities, with Albertans at the table, designing something that works for our province, and ensuring that it’s recycled in a way that stimulates our economy in the way that needs to be done most effectively for us.”
Notley tells 630CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, the province crunched the numbers before levying a carbon tax of $30 per ton, not $50, which we can’t afford.
“And quite frankly, because Alberta is a very trade exposed province, the fact of the matter is, is that we need to make sure that we can be smart in our trading activity,” explains Notley. “And one of the things that is so fundamental on this issue of the pipeline is that we need to be able to trade our non-renewable resources to the best market possible, which we cannot do while we remain landlocked.”
Notley says the approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG project was a good sign.
Also on 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen Show, Wildrose Party MLA’s say they are happy to hear the premier putting the squeeze on Ottawa for pipeline approval.
MLA Leela Aheer says the feds and other provinces need to realize that all provinces get economic benefits from a strong energy industry.
“Pipeline approval comes through a process by the NEB (National Energy Board) and the only, only people who get to make the decisions at the end of they day are at the federal level,” says Aheer. “These are national best interest, long term projects for the entire country, not just for Alberta.”
She says she doesn’t think pipeline approval should have to be tied to carbon tax agreements. (scb, efmb)