Braid: Is Notley handing Quebec a veto over Energy East pipeline?

Its sounds like theres a deal for getting the Energy East oil pipeline built.

The deal is: If Quebec likes Albertas climate change policy, Quebec will approve the pipeline.

Or, to look at the negative angle, if Quebec doesnt like the policy, the province will block the project.

This bottom line for pipeline approval is not directly related to pipeline safety, wildlife, environmental protection, routes, First Nation concerns, National Energy Board rulings, or beluga whale habitats.

Its a whole new hurdle that implies one province can block a national project because it disapproves of policy in another province 3,200 kilometres away.

Premier Rachel Notleys meeting Monday with Quebecs moderate Liberal Premier, Philippe Couillard, showed where the hammer swings ­ in Central Canada, not Alberta.


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Published on: July 14, 2015 | Last Updated: July 14, 2015 9:34 PM MDT

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