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Saskatchewan premier disappointed by Quebec response to Energy East

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says a delay in the proposed Keystone XL pipeline underscores the importance of the Energy East pipeline.
The Quebec government intends to file an injunction against Energy East. Premier Brad Wall calls it disappointing and fears it will be divisive. Mike McKinnon / Global News

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – The intention to seek an injunction against Energy East by Quebec’s government Tuesday is “disappointing” and will likely be divisive, according to Saskatchewan’s premier. Quebec plans to go to court to ensure the project is subject to its provincial environmental regulations, according to government officials.

On Tuesday, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said he believed the move was based in environmental politics and an ultimate decision should be left to the national process.

READ MORE: Quebec to seek injunction against Energy East

“[Quebec] should be able to have their questions answered,” said Wall to reporters after an energy project announcement near North Battleford, Sask.

“But should you have a official sort of a standing or seek to approve or not approve or have a de facto veto on a pipeline … provinces shouldn’t have that kind of standing.”

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WATCH BELOW: Brad Wall disappointed by Quebec response to Energy East

Brad Wall disappointed by Quebec response to Energy East
Brad Wall disappointed by Quebec response to Energy East

The pipeline would take oil from Western Canada to as far as the Maritimes. Wall said Quebec’s move will probably create a rift between the two sides of the country.

“How will then the West view this decision by the government of Quebec other than through that lens,” said Wall.

WATCH BELOW: Brad Wall on the importance of the NEB

Brad Wall on the importance of the NEB
Brad Wall on the importance of the NEB

Wall noted that the energy sector has created thousands of jobs and helped support transfer payments to “have not” provinces for years.

“There’s a certain generosity of spirit about Canadians when it comes to each other’s economic engines I think and economic viability and that’s missing it seems with respect to energy of late,” said Wall.

“We’re going to continue to fight for the sector, we’re going to continue to fight for Saskatchewan jobs.”

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