FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is taking his pro-pipeline message to the heart of Alberta’s oilpatch where he’s promising to push back on policies he says are hollowing out Canada’s core industry.
Our momentum is strong in Fort McMurray.
These hard working Albertans want to work, they want pipelines built, and they want a team that will stand up to Justin Trudeau. #ymm #abvotes pic.twitter.com/H7CKOhOeSt
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) April 10, 2019
Kenney told supporters at a rally in Fort McMurray that a UCP government would fight B.C. and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government if they continued to impede the oil sector.
Kenney has promised he would go to court to fight proposed federal legislation on how projects are assessed as both unconstitutional and as a major deterrent to future megaprojects.
He has also said he would proclaim legislation giving Alberta the power to reduce oil shipments to B.C. if that province continued to delay the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to the west coast.
Premier Rachel Notley has criticized Kenney’s approach as needlessly antagonistic and has said his plans could see Trans Mountain derailed just as shovels are ready to turn the ground on the pipeline.
Kenney says Notley’s failure to push back harder on Trans Mountain is the reason it remains in limbo.