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Alberta Election 2019

Getting more oil to market in Canada requires more pipelines, NEB says

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  • OTTAWA — The National Energy Board says Canada’s existing export pipelines are running at maximum efficiency and the only way to realistically get more oil to market through pipelines is to build more of them.

    The board responded Friday to questions posed last fall by Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who wanted to know if there was any way to improve the efficiency of pipelines while Canada struggles to expand existing lines or get new ones built.

    “In a nutshell, pipelines are full,” said Jean-Denis Charlebois, the chief economist for the National Energy Board.

    In a statement Friday, Sohi said the report confirms that Canada needs to build new pipelines.

    The report says the amount of oil Canada is producing has increased while the capacity of pipelines to carry it has not. There are five pipeline projects, the report notes, that have been proposed and then cancelled or delayed in recent years. That includes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is in limbo pending a new round of reviews after a Federal Court of Appeal ripped up cabinet approval for it last year.

    The NEB recently recommended cabinet proceed with the Trans Mountain expansion after completing a new review of the impact it will have on marine life. A new round of Indigenous consultations is underway and could be completed this spring.

    The others are the Energy East pipeline from Alberta to the east coast (which Trans Canada abandoned), the Northern Gateway pipeline between Alberta and northern British Columbia (which the Liberals rejected in 2016), and the Keystone XL pipeline and the Enbridge Line 3 replacement (both of which face uncertainty due to regulatory challenges in the United States).

    Altogether, those five projects could have added 3.4 million barrels of oil per day to Canada’s shipments. According to the NEB, the capacity in pipelines out of western Canada was just under four million barrels a day as of last September.

    The report says moving more oil by rail is also not a “perfect substitute” because doing so is more expensive and complex.

    It also tells Sohi that while there is room to streamline the system used by oil producers to get access to pipeline space, doing so would only reallocate existing capacity, not create more.

    The improvements largely surround how the pipelines verify the ability of producers to supply the amounts of oil they want to ship in pipelines. The way the system works now, sometimes companies overestimate how much they can send, expecting that when the limited space is allocated on a percentage basis they will end up getting what they actually need.

    Sohi’s request to the board came last fall as Canadian oil prices plunged thanks to temporary refinery closures in the Midwest, creating a price differential between Canadian oil and U.S. oil of $50 per barrel.

    That price gap has since closed to less than $10 a barrel after refineries came back online and the Alberta government imposed a mandatory cut in production.

    Charlebois said the report does say the system would benefit from better transparency of market data, to help shippers understand the pipeline operations.

    Sohi Friday asked his officials to establish a team with Alberta and Saskatchewan to work on the availability of data, as well as make the suggested to improvements to how producers apply for pipeline space.

    He is also working with Transport Minister Marc Garneau on improving rail access for smaller oil producers.

    Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press


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    Alberta Party announces ‘Children First’ childcare plan

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  • Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel says an Alberta Party government would pursue an ambitious new plan for early learning and child care.

    The ‘Children First’ plan includes expanded direct financial support to lower and middle income families to cover the costs of licensed day care and out-of-school care programs, a caregiver tax credit, and the creation of more affordable, high-quality child care spaces throughout the province.

    Under the plan lower and middle-income families would receive financial support to cover the costs of licensed child care through a voucher program. Vouchers could be used for any licensed child care and will provide a subsidy of up to 100% of the costs of a child care cost (up to established regional maximums) and applies to all licensed child care spaces in the province.

    The subsidy will be income-tested using a sliding scale calculation. For general reference, approximate out-of-pocket maximums (based on income) for child care under this plan are as follows:

    Approximate Combined Family Income Estimated Maximum Cost Per Day to Families Per Child
    $0 – $29,999 $0 per day max
    $30,000 – $49,999 $5 per day max
    $50,000 – $69,999 $10 per day max
    $70,000 – $89,999 $20 per day max
    $90,000 – $110,000 $30 per day max

    It is expected parents attending post-secondary education and those earning minimum wage will receive a 100% subsidy of their child care costs.

    Other details in the plan include:

    • Caregiver tax credit- For families with children who do not use licensed child care or don’t use the voucher program, an income-tested caregiver tax credit would be created to help recognize the costs involved in raising children.
    • Creating more licensed child care spaces- A review of Alberta’s child care legislation will be undertaken, with a view to making it easier to create more licensed, safe, affordable, high-quality child care spaces. Under the plan an investment credit would also be established to encourage employers to create licensed child care spaces for children of employees.
    • Creation of a new Ministry of Early Childhood- A new ministry which would focus on early learning and early childhood in Alberta.


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    Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley calls election for April

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  • CALGARY — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called an election for April 16.

    Notley asked cheering supporters standing behind her in Calgary this morning if they are ready to fight for an Alberta that benefits everyone.

    She began her attack on the leader of the Opposition United Conservatives immediately.

    “The question is this: do Albertans stick together or do we turn on each other?” she said.

    “Jason Kenney wants two Albertas — one for the wealthy and one for the rest of us. He wants two Albertas divided over people’s rights.

    “I want to continue to build one Alberta.” 

    The start of a 28-day campaign comes a day after a new session of the legislature began with a throne speech that focused on the NDP government’s accomplishments in the last four years — from building schools, roads and hospitals to providing more supports for seniors, students and those in need.

    It also criticized the former Progressive Conservative government, and said the New Democrats have been working to overcome the failures of the past.

    The spring election will be the first for the United Conservative Party and its leader Kenney, a federal cabinet minister under former prime minister Stephen Harper.

    The United Conservatives were Kenney’s answer to unite the right, and were born out of a merger of the Alberta Tories and what was the Opposition Wildrose Party.

    By law, the election had to be held by May 31.

    The Canadian Press


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