Rachel Notley insists that she backs the twinning of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline, the upgrades to a project that will help Alberta get its oil sands product to new markets.
Completion of this project will diversify Alberta’s customer base and get a better price for the oil which is why it’s crucial for the province.
It has already been approved by the federal government, but there’s fierce opposition coming from the new incoming government in British Columbia.
Premier designate and NDP leader John Horgan is vowing to put a stop to it, having made it clear that he’ll use every tool at his disposal to end the expansion.
At the Stampede Investor Forum earlier this week, Rachel Notley said she had a chance to talk to Horgan, but that she only touched upon the most important problem that exists between the two provinces.
In what amounted to making excuses, she noted that Horgan hasn’t been elected as Premier yet and that these conversations are best had between the two of them.
Notley dutifully vocalized her concern about oil workers but said, “we've capped oilsands emissions, which means — and this is really important — it means the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline will not lead to higher oil sands emissions.”
It seems the only leader that’s being honest and cutting through the political double speak is federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, though he suggests he’s not confident that Trudeau has the political will to do what’s best.