Notley appoints ‘task force’ to advise on response to B.C.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on Friday announced the appointment of a group to advise the provincial government on economic and trade responses to B.C.’s proposed restrictions on dilbit transportation.

Notley made the announcement after touring Tenaris Prudential in southeast Calgary. Tenaris is a supplier of steel pipe and services for the oil and gas industry.

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The task force will work closely with business, labour and community leaders and provide the premier and cabinet with their best advice to further defend Albertans.

Task force members include former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna, former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan and former Syncrude Canada president Jim Carter.

Other non-government members include:

• Peter Hogg, scholar in residence, Blakes;

• Peter Tertzakian, chief economist and managing director, Arc Financial;

• Trevor Tombe, assistant professor of economics at the University of Calgary and a research fellow at the School of Public Policy;

• Ginny Flood, vice-president, government relations, Suncor Energy Inc.; and,

• Janet Annesley, vice-president, Husky Energy Inc.

“The government in B.C. took aim at our economy and at working people, and for that, there have to be consequences,” Notley said.

“If you listen to them [B.C. government], they’ll say we’re just consulting on how to protect the environment, and of course if that’s all this was about, that would be absolutely fine, because we support those objectives, as all Canadians do. But the thing of it is, that’s only part of the story.”

She added: “What they are actually doing not only puts the federally approved expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline at risk, they are also putting at risk our ability to export any of our resources to the west coast, including resources that have been in that pipeline for the last 50 years.” 

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