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Legault congratulates Kenney but says Quebec won't accept new oil pipelines

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 11:45 am MDT

Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to reporters questions, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

QUEBEC – Premier Francois Legault is congratulating Jason Kenney on his electoral victory in Alberta while reminding the incoming premier that Quebec’s position on oil pipelines hasn’t changed.

Legault says all parties in Quebec’s legislature oppose any new oil pipelines.

He says there is no social acceptability in the province for a new pipeline carrying oil from Western Canada through Quebec.

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The premier says the province already receives more than half its oil from Western Canada and is open to a proposed natural gas pipeline coming from Alberta.

Kenney told supporters Tuesday night after his United Conservatives won a majority government that Alberta’s economy is desperate for a pipeline that can carry oil to international markets.

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Speaking in French, Kenney said his province needs pipelines for the prosperity of all Canadians.