Premier Christy Clark told reporters at the legislature today that she looks forward to working with Alberta Premier-elect Rachel Notley.
She says she is encouraged by the NDP leader’s approach to the development of heavy oil exports.
“What I’ve heard her say is that, she believes Alberta’s resources, if they come from British Columbia, and other places, need to require a social license. Her predecessor said the same thing; I have been saying that, not to the most receptive audience initially, for a long time. Those projects can’t go ahead unless they meet the five conditions, and the five conditions haven’t been met yet.”
Clark added “We’ve got a lot, I think, to teach Alberta” referring to BC’s position on climate change.
The Premier would like to see Alberta adopt BC’s carbon tax on fossil fuels.
Clark endorsed PC leader and former Premier Jim Prentice in the middle of the campaign, and had much praise for his leadership while speaking with reporters today.
Premier-elect Rachel Notley has said she is opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline because of environmental and First Nations issues.
Northern Gateway Manager of Communications, Ivan Giesbrecht, also issued CKNW the following statement:
- Northern Gateway’s main priority is and remains to engage in respectful dialogue and to build trust and meaningful partnerships with First Nations and Metis communities.
- We remain committed to this work and to Northern Gateway.
- We look forward to an opportunity to sit down with the new premier and members of the Alberta government to provide an update on the progress of the project and our partnerships with First Nations peoples in Alberta and British Columbia.
- We share a vision with the new Alberta government for world leading environmental protections for energy projects.
- We believe that our vision for this project will earn the support of the new government and we look forward to the dialogue.