B.C. premier won’t take stand on Northern Gateway pipeline

Posted on December 14, 2011 8:23 am

B.C. Premier Christy Clark praised Tuesday the importance of the oilsands industry to Canada's economy, but refused to budge from her fence-sitting position on the controversial proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat.

"Certainly in British Columbia we recognize the big contribution that the oilsands make to Canada and to our national economy," Clark told reporters after a meeting with Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall in Edmonton.

But she said her government won't take a position for or against the project until the completion of the National Energy Board's Canadian Environ-mental Assessment Agency review of Enbridge's $5.5-billion megaproject.

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