Federal Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion is touring Alberta, telling supporters that he wants to make significant gains in the province during the next federal election.
"It's a scandal for me as a Liberal that out of 28 ridings in Alberta we have zero seats," Dion said Thursday from Edmonton, on his first visit to the province since winning the Liberal leadership last month.
Dion spoke at the University of Alberta, met with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, and held a town hall meeting in Edmonton that drew about 500 people before hopping on a plane to Calgary Thursday night.
There are more than $100 billion worth of new energy projects either approved or planned in Alberta. The scope of the activity has prompted some conservationists and community leaders to call for an inquiry into their cumulative impact on people and the environment.
A Dion-led government would set out strict environmental regulations, review the oil and natural gas tax regime, and provide incentives to bolster research into finding ways of dealing with the environmental consequences of energy development, he said.
Can you say National Energy Program? I knew you could.