The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012.
Credits: REUTERS/TransCanada Corporation/Handout
All nine members of Saskatchewan's New Democrats voted against the project that's expected to bring millions of dollars of investment and jobs into the province.
"The Keystone pipeline project would have potential for huge economic development for the province - lots of jobs, lots of money flowing in, so we are very supportive of it," said MLA Jim Reiter, speaking on behalf of Saskatchewan's minister of energy and resources. "We want to send the message to all the parties in the federal government that it's important and Saskatchewan recognizes that, so we were disappointed that the NDP Opposition didn't support it."
The NDP maintains they were not given an opportunity to speak to the motion. They intended to add an amendment to the motion, which would have led to their support, they said, but were not given the opportunity to do so.
"The Saskatchwan Party chose to play games instead of having a meaningful debate about building a more value-added economy in the province," the NDP's energy critic Cathy Sproule said in a news release. "Our support for the resource sector is unwavering - so is our insistence on democracy."