Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Harder to Stomach:' Alberta Premier Says Trump Attacks Show Need for Pipeline

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Harder to Stomach:' Alberta Premier Says Trump Attacks Show Need for Pipeline

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Reliance on U.S. 'harder to stomach': Alberta premier

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CALGARY - Alberta's premier says the Trump administration's recent attacks on Canadian trade show how necessary it is to go ahead with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Rachel Notley has taken aim at what she called reckless U.S. moves against Canada's steel and aluminum industries.

She told the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary that Canada needs to be strategic with its resources and not put all its eggs in one basket.

Virtually all of Canada's oil exports go to the United States and the Trans Mountain pipeline would enable sales to Asia via the West Coast.

The federal government agreed last month to purchase the project from Texas-based Kinder Morgan, which had threatened to pull the plug because of political hurdles in British Columbia.

Notley says the United States benefits from Canada's failure to build a pipeline to a Canadian coast and get a better price for its product.

"In these days, I've got to say it's getting harder and harder to stomach, with reckless attacks on our steel and aluminum industries and reckless attacks on the hard-working people that those industries employ," Notley said Tuesday. …

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