Varcoe: Leaders pitch pipeline fixes for Alberta, from war room to beetle patrols

Varcoe: Leaders pitch pipeline fixes for Alberta, from  war room  to beetle patrols
The provincial election campaign was dominated by the province’s pipeline quandary on Friday, with more verbal punches thrown between the political rivals than at an MMA event.

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and the NDP’s Rachel Notley did a pretty good job Friday of blaming each other for not getting energy infrastructure completed during their stints in federal and provincial politics.

“Rachel Notley and the NDP sold Alberta out to Justin Trudeau and all we got in return is no pipelines, a carbon tax and a jobs crisis,” Kenney said Friday, standing outside the Trans Mountain pipeline terminal in Edmonton.

In Calgary, the NDP leader had her own line of attack.

“Mr. Kenney spends a lot of time pointing fingers on pipelines, but I would say he should probably turn that finger around and point it right at himself,” Notley said of the former federal minister in the Harper government.

“He sat in cabinet for 10 years and he did nothing.”

It all makes for grand political theatre.

Meanwhile, the Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 development and the Keystone XL pipeline are all stuck in the mud.
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