The Financial Post reports in its Tuesday, Nov. 5, edition that Alberta and Saskatchewan blasted the federal government over energy policy at a first nations event Monday.
The Post's Geoffrey Morgan writes that in a speech to the National Coalition of Chiefs' Energy and Natural Resources Summit on the Tsuu T'ina Nation reserve near Calgary, Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre reiterated her government's call for a "new deal" between the province and Ottawa.
Since the federal election, Saskatchewan has publicly called for a "new deal" with Ottawa, while Alberta has said it would hold a referendum on the issue of equalization payments to the federal government.
Ms. Eyre said, "Energy is a national unity issue." Ms. Eyre also blasted Ottawa's ban on oil tankers on the northern part of the British Columbia coast. Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage also delivered a blistering criticism of federal energy policies.
Like Ms. Eyre, Ms. Savage sharply criticized the ban on oil tankers off B.C., as well as Ottawa's decision to cancel the Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and other efforts she said had hurt investment in the sector.
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