FREDERICTON – The governing Conservatives and Opposition Liberals in the New Brunswick legislature were unanimous in passing a motion stating their support for the construction of a pipeline to ship western crude oil to Eastern Canada.

Support is building for a proposal that would see a pipeline carry oil from Alberta to the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John.

Last week federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver stated his government’s support for a pipeline project during a tour of the refinery.

Oliver said it’s vital for Canada to diversify its oil export markets as the United States increases its own oil and gas production.

Speaking in the legislature, Premier David Alward says the government is working towards a future where New Brunswick helps drive the national economy as one of the country’s energy powerhouses.

He says a key element of that is the construction of a pipeline.