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Trudeau must keep his pledge to support the West, Alberta premier says

Last Updated Oct 22, 2019 at 8:16 pm MST

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t keep his word on supporting the West, there will be lasting damage to national unity.

Kenney’s comments come after Justin Trudeau said in his victory speech that he hears the frustration of people in Alberta and Saskatchewan and he will be there to support them.

The federal Liberals secured a minority mandate in Monday’s federal election but did not retain a single seat in Saskatchewan or Alberta.

Kenney says he told Trudeau he must support Alberta by helping it get its oil and gas to international markets, adding Albertans give so much to help this country flourish.

“And yet despite all of that Albertans feel like everywhere we turn, we’re being blocked in, pinned down and even attacked within our own country for what we do to contribute to it,” he said.

Kenney is also calling on Trudeau not to make any deals with the NDP, Bloc Quebecois, and Greens that would endanger the development of the TransMountain pipeline expansion through B.C.

The premier says he will create a panel to get other ideas on how Alberta can be treated more fairly in the Canadian federation.