The exchanges between Western Canadian politicians and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre are becoming increasingly nasty. Coderre and other Montreal area mayors have refused to endorse and will fight against the Energy East pipeline making its way through Quebec to New Brunswick. Coderre argues the environmental risks are too great and the economic benefits too insignificant. In return, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall posted to Facebook “I trust Montreal area mayors will politely return their share of $10 billion in equalization support from the West.” Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi also challenged Mayor Coderre, with Alberta opposition Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean tweeting “you can’t dump raw sewage, accept foreign tankers, benefit from equalization and then reject our pipelines,” to which Coderre replied that Brian Jean probably “thinks The Flintstones is a documentary.”
Should Western Premiers balk at billions of dollars in equalization payments going to Quebec if the province actively oppose Energy East running through Quebec?
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