Alberta Premier Alison Redford visited B.C. counterpart Christy Clark’s turf Tuesday to deliver another blow in the ongoing Enbridge pipeline dispute between the two leaders.
Speaking at the Canadian Bar Association conference in Vancouver, Redford implied Clark is more worried about approval ratings than the good of the country by threatening to stop the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project — which would run oilsands crude from Alberta to the B.C. coast – unless B.C. gets a greater share of the royalties.
“We (government leaders) need to ensure that our actions are fiscally responsible and fair, not only to this generation, but to those that follow,” Redford said Tuesday morning. “And this means doing what’s right for the long term and not the next election cycle.”
Redford, who has rejected Clark’s demands, says the success of Canada’s energy economy depends on provinces’ access to international markets – provinces such as her own.
Despite having no plans to discuss the issue further with Clark, Redford stressed the significance of collaboration amongst the premiers.
“It’s important for us all as political leaders to work together to ensure that there is access to international markets, and that there isn’t any particular province that should get more access or less access to international markets based on their geographical location,” she said.
Clark is up for re-election next spring, and has been accused of using the pipeline as a campaign issue.
An Angus Reid poll conducted last month showed that 59 per cent of British Columbians disapprove of running the pipeline through their backyards.