Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the Trans Mountain pipeline will bring thousands of jobs to B.C.
Talking to Global News, Notley says Alberta is not the only province that will see returns from the controversial approval.
“B.C. stands to gain a great deal from this project. It will increase GDP in B.C. by about a billion dollars annually and there’s you know thousands of jobs that will come to B.C. both in construction and ultimately in operation.”
She says 20 per cent of Canada’s exports are oil and gas.
When asked about the environment she says the pipeline will not hinder Canada’s climate change commitments.
“The Kinder Morgan pipeline is not going to increase emissions and it’s not going to increase volume one way at all. Because of that cap of emissions, the amount of oil coming out of the oil sands would be the same, with or without Kinder Morgan.”
Notley says it’s a “Canadian Value” to listen to both sides of the debate.
Vancouver Mayor still concerned
Pipeline opponent Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson says he wasn’t invited to meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley during her visit to British Columbia.
“At this point I’ll continue to speak out against the pipeline and obviously people will do that in different ways and different forms, and that’s been part of my concern about the Kinder Morgan proposal is we’ve seen and heard from many Vancouverites who are very opposed to the project.”
Notley is taking part in several media interviews today but is not holding any public events.
With files from Shelby Thom