Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will stay the course even with a contentious new US President in power.
Speaking about the Keystone XL pipeline and what could happen under President-elect Donald Trump, Notley said it’s important to talk to everyone, but her stance on Keystone XL isn’t changing just because of who’s at the helm in Washington.
“It’s really important to us to sit down and have a good conversation with leaders in the Energy industry to determine what we can do and what role the Keystone has on kick-starting their prosperity and their profitability.” Notley said.
However, her government’s main focus will remain on securing approvals for pipelines within Canada to our own coasts.
During his campaign, Trump had suggested he would re-open the Keystone file, and House Republicans are already lobbying him to approve the pipeline that would pump oil sands bitumen to Texas Gulf-coast refineries.
Trump also made several racist remarks on the path to the Whitehouse, and Notley admits some people may be concerned about polarizing discourse spilling over into Alberta’s political arena.
But she doesn’t think there’s reason to worry the divisive campaign rhetoric will migrate north.
“I think that in Alberta generally speaking,” said the Premier, “the vast majority of Albertans believe in inclusivity, they believe in mutual respect, they believe in civil discourse, and they believe in that it’s absolutely appropriate to disagree, but to do so in a way that allows you to have an actually thoughtful conversation.”
During his campaign, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and at one point threatened to close borders to Muslims.
Trump’s administration has most recently come under fire for the appointment of Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist. Bannon is a former executive at alt-right website Brietbart News, and has alleged ties to the White Nationalist movement. (ms, News Talk 770)