Premier Rachel Notley should encourage Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to publicly support the Energy East pipeline and secure a commitment from the Manitoba government to not interfere further in the regulatory approval process, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The Manitoba government has remained relatively silent on the Energy East pipeline, and has applied for intervener status with the National Energy Board.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said today’s meetings are a good opportunity to secure support for a pipeline project widely seen to benefit not just Alberta, but all of Canada.
“The NDP across the country have shown themselves to be fundamentally suspicious of the development of key pipeline projects. Today is a good opportunity for both premiers to reverse that trend,” Jean said. “We hope today’s meeting will produce meaningful results for the people of Alberta.”
Another key priority during today’s meeting should be urging the Manitoba NDP government to join the New West Partnership, Wildrose Shadow Economic Development Minister Prasad Panda said. The deal was signed by British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in 2010 and aims to reduce trade and investment barriers while also making it easier to bulk purchase goods and services.
“The open invitation for Manitoba to join the New West Partnership still stands. Manitoba would be a welcome signatory to this deal, further removing inter-provincial barriers in the west,” Panda said. “Particularly in a time of economic downturn, western Canadian provinces need to be looking for ways to grow our exporting industries, and be seen as an increasingly attractive place to invest.”