Newspaper article The Canadian Press

United Conservative Candidate Urges Alberta Buy Churchill Port for Oil Sales

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

United Conservative Candidate Urges Alberta Buy Churchill Port for Oil Sales

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Conservative candidate urges Alberta to buy port

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EDMONTON - A candidate to lead Alberta's new United Conservative Party says one way to jump-start the province's lagging oil industry may be to buy a piece of Manitoba.

Jeff Callaway says the province should look at buying the port of Churchill on Hudson Bay and shipping oil there by pipeline.

"This has so many benefits not just for Alberta, but for Western Canada and Canada broadly," Callaway said at the legislature Tuesday.

He says tankers in Churchill could carry oil abroad and fetch a better price for Alberta, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits in recent years.

"It's a small, small investment to make for prosperity in Western Canada."

The province would have to buy the port from its private owners, fix the railway going to it and build a pipeline as well, he said. …

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