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Do you support Christy Clark's stance on the national energy strategy?

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark fields questions about a national energy strategy at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has clearly chosen her battle. She is fighting to boost her province's sway on Canada's national energy strategy.

Her aggressive approach has kept her in the headlines as she continues to collect both supporters and critics.

Clark has asserted that no plan can be implemented without B.C.'s support, and that those who want the province's consent must earn it by meeting five main criteria -- especially in regard to the controversial Northern Gateway project that would carry oil from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C.

Clark has stressed that B.C. must get a "fair share" of the fiscal and economic benefits, which is proportional to the level of risk borne by the province, particularly in the event of an oil spill.

Although Clark said she recognizes that there are a lot of good arguments in favour of a national energy strategy, she made it clear she would not sign on to any deal until her concerns around Enbridge's controversial pipeline project were addressed.

"It's good for Canada. It's fantastic for Alberta. But because of the environmental risk we're taking, it's not good for B.C. . . . or at least, it's not good enough," Clark said.

Much of her tough talk has been directed toward her neighbour to the east, as relations continue to cool with Alberta Premier Alison Redford.

Clark has also walked out on a meeting with other premiers and has put pressure on the federal government. She says B.C. must receive top-level marine oil spill and land spill protection "or we aren't even going to think about this."

The B.C. premier has also said that Ottawa must involve First Nations in a "meaningful way" and provide them with opportunities to benefit from such projects.

But opponents of the pipeline, including First Nations, have also criticized Clark's agenda, saying she is playing "Price is Right" with priceless land.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs argues that Clark shouldn't be negotiating the terms of a deal that shouldn't happen at all.

"Premier Clark is right that we need to stand up to Alberta's aggressive oil agenda, but selling our coast and rivers out from under us is not the way to do it," he said at a news conference in Vancouver on Monday.

"The right move for Premier Clark is to take decisive action and join us in slamming shut the door on dangerous oil tanker and pipeline projects."

Have you been following Clark's approach to these multi-layered negotiations? Is she right to take a firm stance?

If not, toward what end do you think she should be compromising?

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' replies.)

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