Premier Brad Wall was in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Tuesday as part of the annual Council of the Federation gathering, which brings together the country’s premiers and territorial leaders annually.
One of the hot topics heading into this year’s event is the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would run between B.C. and Alberta.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford have been exchanging disagreeing remarks about the environmental risks and revenue sharing of the project. With Clark making clear the project will not get underway unless B.C. receives its fair share of revenue.
The controversy has caught the attention of Premier Wall, who on Tuesday told Metro:
“Saskatchewan will be saying it’s time we embrace the fact that this country is an emerging energy power,” said Wall. “Certain interests in the country are seemingly embarrassed that we have this great resource, but as an emerging power you won’t find a more responsible country amongst energy powers.”
Wall also noted British Columbia premier Christy Clark’s demand for more economic benefits from the Northern Gateway Pipeline sets a “dangerous precedent.”
“We ship a lot of product out to the ports in B.C. and the royalties of Saskatchewan belong to the people of Saskatchewan, so that’s where I guess we have a bit of a problem with what’s being proposed,” noting the pipeline debate won’t “overshadow,” other agenda items at the gathering.