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Alberta NDP “repudiates” Leap Manifesto: Notley

Premier Rachel Notley is making it clear her party and the federal NDP are at odds when it comes to Canada’s energy industry. Delegates at the party’s national convention this weekend agreed to support the Leap Manifesto. The document proposes ending the use of fossil fuels in Canada, including stopping building any new pipelines.

“To be clear, the government of Alberta repudiates the section of that document that addressed energy infrastructure. These ideas will never form any part of our policy; they are naive, they are ill-informed, and they are tone-deaf.”

Notley maintains it’s not uncommon for affiliated federal and provincial parties to disagree, and says they will not be separating. She points out that the document has not been adopted, and the provincial New Democrats plan to fight it.

“Understanding that we can be a progressive energy producer in this province and support the people who work in that industry and make that transition in a just way over the time that it takes to ensure that we maintain economic prosperity in this province.”

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Speaking with reporters, she said she wouldn’t comment on hypothetical situations should it be passed.

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