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Industry Minister Moore looking forward to Prentice as Alberta premier

Moore says says Prentice will be a welcome ally when it comes to future pipeline projects.


CALGARY — Federal Industry Minister James Moore says he expects soon-to-be Alberta premier Jim Prentice will be a welcome ally when it comes to future pipeline projects.

Prentice spent years in Stephen Harper’s government in cabinet posts that included Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Environment and Industry.

Prentice stepped away from politics in 2010 to take a corporate job in Calgary.

He was also hired by Enbridge to try to bring First Nations on side with the company’s Northern Gateway proposed project through northern BC.

Moore says he considers Prentice a close friend and the federal government would welcome any help he can provide in moving projects such as Northern Gateway and Keystone forward.

He says federal-provincial relations were fine under former Alberta premier Alison Redford, but will probably be even better with Prentice in charge.

Prentice was elected by party members last weekend as Alberta’s new Progressive Conservative leader and premier.

“I think we have someone who understands Ottawa and, for the time he has left in this mandate, hopefully we’ll be able to move some important projects forward,” Moore said Tuesday following a speech in Calgary.

“He was most recently working on projects with the province of BC and liaising with the aboriginal community, so time will tell. Those projects have their own internal dynamics,” he added.

“There are some very big projects – and Canadian energy needs to get to market in order to get global markets to create Canadian jobs – so we will see what success that Jim has.”

Moore said he doesn’t comment on provincial politics but wishes Prentice luck.

“Keep in touch. There’s some big files to work on.”

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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