BC Premier Christy Clark announced she will meet with Alberta Premier Alison Redford.
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VICTORIA -- BC Premier Christy Clark announced she will meet with Alberta Premier Alison Redford in Calgary on Monday to discuss her five conditions for allowing the construction of oil pipelines to the West Coast.
Addressing the Union of BC Municipalities annual convention in Victoria on Friday, Clark defiantly declared that the province's environment is not for sale at any price, so any oil pipeline built here must meet the conditions she has set out regarding environmental safety, aboriginal consultations and a "fair share" of the financial benefits for BC.
"I'm sure it's going to be an interesting trip," Clark said, sparking laughter from the gathering of civic politicians. "I do have an RCMP detail coming along."
"I want them to know that if B.C.'s conditions are not addressed and met, the Enbridge (Northern Gateway) pipeline will not be built, period."
Speaking to reporters after her speech, Clark said she is making the trip to Alberta specifically to address the characterization of her concerns as a "cash grab."
"The debate in Alberta has been frustrating because the media over there has presented this as a debate about just British Columbia's fair share. The bigger issue for us is how we protect the environment, and that's what I'm going to talk to them about."
Clark's request to meet Redford during her visit to speak at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy was released publicly on Wednesday in an open letter. Redford said she would try to accommodate Clark but insisted there would be no discussion on the sharing of Alberta's resource revenues.