NDP’S Singh weighs in on oil spat

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Vancouver - David P. Ball

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.

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