Alberta conservative leadership candidate Jeff Callaway says one way to jump-start the province’s lagging oil industry may be to buy a piece of Manitoba.
He says tankers there could ship oil abroad and fetch a better price for Alberta, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits in recent years.
He said the province would have to buy the port from the private owners, fix the railway going to it and build a pipeline there as well.
There’s a lot of work to be done.
Recent floods have washed out the rail line to the remote community and the owner of the port, Denver-based Omnitrax, has suspended operations at the grain terminal and is looking to sell.