Alberta, B.C. premiers meet in the Okanagan Valley
posted Jun 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Christy Clark is wasting no time giving the riding she wants to represent a higher profile.
Clark, currently running for her governing Liberals in the Westside-Kelowna byelection, is slated to meet with Alberta Premier Alison Redford in Kelowna Friday. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Delta Grand Hotel.
The two women, whose relationship has been described as "frosty" in the past over Clark's demand that five conditions be met before B.C. would support the Northern Gateway oil pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to Prince Rupert on the northern B.C. coast, are expected to try and patch things up during their meeting here.
Just before the May 14 B.C. election, the Liberal government said it was officially not supporting the pipeline because the conditions it set forth, including calls for oil-spill prevention and response plans, addressing aboriginal and treaty rights, and increasing the financial compensation to B.C. because of the risks it will take concerning potential oil spills, have not been met.
The opposition NDP has already come out against the pipeline proposal.
Clark and Redford are expected to discuss the pipeline proposal, which will be decided by the federal government, at their meeting in Kelowna.