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Gallant promises to press Alberta oil companies to create N.B. jobs

New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant talks with reporters near his campaign bus in Dieppe, N.B. on Aug. 21, 2014.
New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant talks with reporters near his campaign bus in Dieppe, N.B. on Aug. 21, 2014. Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press

SAINT JOHN – New Brunswick’s Liberal leader say he would work to convince Alberta’s oil industry to create jobs in his province if elected this month.

Brian Gallant says he supports the proposed Energy East Pipeline and is encouraging more direct investment from energy companies.

Gallant says New Brunswick doesn’t have the refining capacity to process the volume of oil that would travel through the pipeline from Alberta to as far as Saint John, if it proceeds.

As a result, he says the majority of the oil would be exported to other markets and create thousands of jobs there.

The pipeline is one of the pillars of Progressive Conservative Premier David Alward’s plan to strengthen the economy.

Alward picked up that theme Thursday to highlight the importance natural resource development has on other sectors such as the cargo industry.

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Much of the Tory platform banks on an anticipated $10 billion in private investment flowing from natural resources such as shale gas and the Energy East Pipeline.

Green Leader David Coon used the legislature as a backdrop Thursday saying he would require all government contracts to be posted online and create job descriptions for members of the legislature.

NDP Leader Dominic Cardy says he would introduce a tax credit to lower rental space costs for arts and cultural purposes.