FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Premier David Alward heads to Alberta
on Sunday for three days of meetings that he hopes will advance a
proposal for a west-east oil pipeline.
    Alward has meetings scheduled with Alberta Premier Alison Redford
as well as officials in the oil and pipeline industries.
    He says a pipeline that could deliver western crude to the Irving
refinery here in Saint John, would be good for the entire country,
and a boost to the province’s faltering economy.
    TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) has proposed converting an existing
natural gas pipeline to get western crude as far as Quebec, and
possibly extending the line to New Brunswick.
    Company spokesman Shawn Howard says they would need to have
long-term contracts signed with oil producers and refiners before
any decision is made to proceed.
    He says the federal and provincial governments can help by
ensuring there is a fair and transparent regulatory process for the
potential project.