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Canada: British Columbia premier slams torpedo into Alberta's energy strategy

Source:  Copyright 2012, Edmonton Journal
Date:  July 28, 2012
Byline:  Graham Thomson
Original URL: Status ONLINE

She didn’t entirely scuttle Alberta’s hopes for a Canadian Energy Strategy but she certainly took the wind out of Alberta’s sails.

In a dramatic – but not unexpected – showdown at the annual premiers’ conference on Friday, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark refused to sign on to a national energy strategy championed by Alberta Premier Alison Redford.

“Until we see some progress in the discussions between British Columbia, Alberta and the federal government with respect to the Gateway pipeline through British Columbia, we will not be participating in a discussion of a national energy strategy,” Clark told reporters during an impromptu news conference held while her fellow premiers were still upstairs talking.

“Alberta has to be willing to sit at the table with British Columbia and talk about how we’re going to share the benefits of this project for our province.”

While Clark was basking in the media spotlight, Alberta officials ...

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