Alison Redford takes a shot at Christy Clark

In Vancouver, Alberta premier Alison Redford urged Canada's premieres to work together for the country, and not for re-election.

Premier Christy Clark and her Alberta counterpart Alison Redford in happier times

Just when you think they’re out, they pull you back in.

On Tuesday, Alberta premier Alison Redford said that Canada’s premiers need to work together, and not for the next election (according to the Canadian Press). Redford was speaking in Vancouver at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual legal conference.

The comment was viewed as a shot at B.C. premier Christy Clark, who is up for election next May and is trailing NDP leader Adrian Dix in the polls by a steep margin.

Clark also walked out of a premier’s meeting in July, when she refused to sign an energy contract over the $5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline by Enbridge, which will cut through British Columbia and out through Terrace.

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“Letters: Too much risk with Northern Gateway pipeline” – Terrace Standard (Feb. 24, 2012)

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Clark and Redford have been at odds over the pipeline, with B.C.’s premier arguing that the province needs more financial windfall from the project and environmental certainty.

“In addition to that, there are the billions of dollars in incremental new profits that the companies are going to take, and here we are in British Columbia taking all the risk for this and getting eight per cent of the benefits and very, very few jobs,” Clark said in July (from the Revelstoke Times Review).

On Tuesday, Redford also addressed the province of B.C., and said she felt it was “entirely appropriate” for British Columbians to debate the Northern Gateway pipeline.

“It’s entirely appropriate for people in British Columbia to have a discussion with respect to whether or not this makes sense for people in British Columbia,” she said in a media scrum posted online.

“What I’ve been saying as premier of Alberta is that it’s important for us all as political leaders to work together to ensure there is access to international markets and that there isn’t any particular province that should get more access or less access to international markets based on a geographical location.”

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