Redford less than pleased by B.C. pipeline gambit
Alberta premier rails against leaders "dividing" Canadians in Northern Gateway inspired statement
It requires some reading between the lines, but Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s statement this afternoon responding to the British Columbia government’s announcement that it will support Enbridge Inc.’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline if five conditions are met indicates she is a bit miffed at B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s administration.
“Alberta is committed to building our country and cementing Canada’s position as a global energy superpower. Leadership is about working together, and that’s when our country benefits from our energy economy,” Redford says in the statement. “Leadership is not about dividing Canadians and pitting one province against another— leadership is about working together. That’s when our country benefits— that’s when Canada leads.”
So does Redford think Clark is dividing Canadians now that the B.C. government has finally taken some sort of stand on the $5.5 billion pipeline that would carry synthetic crude oil and diluted oil sands bitumen from Alberta to a terminal in Kitimat, B.C., where it could be shipped to markets in Asia and California?
Well, reading between the lines, it sure seems that’s what Redford is saying — without actually saying it.
While it’s not surprising Redford would be upset that the B.C. government is throwing a serious wrench into her goal of advancing infrastructure that will open up new markets for Alberta oil that’s currently facing price discounts in the U.S., she couldn’t have expected Clark to continue to do, and say, nothing when Clark’s political future is being threatened by the pipeline.
This won’t be the last you’ve heard from Redford, or the Alberta government, on this matter.
Let the pipeline games begin. This tiff should really spice things up at this week’s Council of the Federation meetings in Halifax.
Any bets on whether Redford will give Clark a Northern Gateway inspired stinkeye?