Trans Mountain Big Priority For NDP and UCP Heading Into Spring Session

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Trans Mountain Big Priority For NDP and UCP Heading Into Spring Session

The Trans Mountain Pipeline will be a big focus early on in Alberta’s Spring Legislative Session.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Government House Leader Brian Mason said Premier Rachel Notley will introduce a motion on Monday allowing all MLA’s a chance to debate the importance of the expansion project.

“The Premier is doing a lot of heavy lifting on this file. So now is the time for all members of the House to stand and be counted and show just how important an issue this is to the economic well-being not just of Alberta, but to Canada as a whole.”

This comes after the British Columbia government announced in January they were looking to restrict the shipment of diluted bitumen from oilsands until they establish a standard of preparedness, response, and recovery necessary to protect their environment from possible spills.

In response, the province suspending talks about purchasing electricity and put a ban on B.C. wine. On February 22, the government said they were suspending the bans.

Mason would also go on to say they’re focused on making sure the economic recovery lasts. He believes Kinder Morgan’s pipeline project will be needed if any consistent stability were to happen.

“It will create jobs both in this province and across Canada and it will get our energy to new markets in a safe a reliable way.”

Over the next couple of months, the NDP’s plan on aiming legislation at diversifying the economy.

Trans Mountain Main Priority for UCP

United Conservative Party MLA for Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo Tany Yao says any motion that supports Industry is one he approves of.

“We have an execellent product here and again it’s good to see that the government has finally swung around and is supporting this.”

He says this pipeline will be the UCP’s biggest focus during the spring session.

Besides the project, jobs and diversifying the economy will also get major attention from the official opposition.

“We recognize that we can’t always be reliant on oil.”

The session will get underway on Thursday starting with the Throne Speech by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell.
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