No increase for B.C. pipeline profits, says Alberta premier
Alberta Premier Alison Redford has told journalists in Vancouver she still doesn't think British Columbia should get a bigger cut of the profits of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project.
Redford was in the city to speak to the Canadian Bar Association Tuesday and began by discussing the importance of a national energy strategy.
Taking questions from reporters afterwards, Redford said it's entirely appropriate for British Columbians to question the merits of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, but she is not changing her position.
"We believe the economic benefits should be spread across the country and we don't believe that fundamentally changing confederation to allow that to happen is appropriate and so wouldn't entertain any discussion as to sharing Alberta royalties," said Redford.
Redford told the convention that Canada's premiers need to work together for the future of the Canada — not for the next election cycle.
British Columbia's election is next May, and Redford and B.C. Premier Christy Clark have been in an open dispute over Clark's demands that her province get a larger share of revenue from the proposed oil pipeline leading to the Pacific Ocean.
But Redford later told reporters that there was no need for her to meet Clark during Tuesday's visit to Vancouver, because the B.C. premier had already made her position clear.
Clark walked out of a premiers' gathering last month after refusing to sign an energy strategy over her demand for more royalties from the $6-billion Northern Gateway pipeline project.