NDP’S Singh weighs in on oil spat
Any hopes the NDP’S internecine oil skirmish across the B.c.-alta. border would ease faded Thursday, as Premier Rachel Notley threatened to cut off oil, potentially pushing Vancouver gas prices past $1.50 a litre.
The idea matches United Conservative Party head Jason Kenney’s cut-off call this week, and pits the B.C. and Alberta wings of the social democrat party against each other. Federal leader Jagmeet Singh opposes Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.
Metro sat down with Singh shortly after Notley’s comments to ask him about troubles in his own party’s house, just one day ahead of mass protests by First Nations and environmentalists against Kinder Morgan’s pipeline.
“At the end of the day, Rachel Notley is doing what she promised to do — to stand up for the people of Alberta,” Singh said in Metro Vancouver’s offices Thursday afternoon. “… And Premier Horgan is fighting for exactly what he promised to do: to protect the coastline.
“The Prime Minister is the one who broke the promise in this situation. It is the federal government’s responsibility to negotiate these scenarios when you have an energy project.”
He said Trudeau’s adoption of the Tory-era pipeline approvals “widely considered a sham” broke his commitments to B.C. and the environment.