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'Pick a lane:' Alberta premier fires back at Bloc Quebecois leader

Last Updated Nov 14, 2019 at 7:29 am MST

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney delivers his State of the Province address to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce in Edmonton on October 29, 2019. Premier Jason Kenney is defending the proposal to have his province quit the federal pension plan, saying that times have changed and that Albertans will still have the final say. Kenney didn't campaign in the spring election on quitting the Canada Pension Plan and setting up a provincial program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet needs to “pick a lane.”

Kenney reacted in Calgary to comments the national separatist-party leader made after a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa.

Blanchet says anyone seeking more independence for the West to promote the oil and gas sector should not come to him for advice.

And he says if people are “trying to create an oil state in Western Canada, they cannot expect any help from us.”

Kenney responded by saying if Blanchet is so opposed to Alberta energy, then Quebec shouldn’t be so keen on taking equalization payments.

The United Conservative premier has argued that Albertans have contributed billions of dollars to the rest of Canada, while Ottawa and other provinces are unfairly restricting its oil and gas industry with policy roadblocks on pipelines.