The vice-president of communications with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) says its members are ready to work with Alberta’s newly-elected NDP provincial government, reports the Winnipeg Sun.
Jeff Gaulin of CAPP says that because the oil and gas industry works with governments across the country, the specific political party that forms Alberta’s new government is not a matter of major concern. More important, he continues, is the ruling party’s energy policy. The two most essential areas, in CAPP’s view, are market access and pipeline building. As Alberta’s new NDP premier, Rachel Notley, has publicly supported these concerns, Gaulin is encouraged and feels that she will appreciate the industry’s current challenges and act accordingly.
Media commentators have been actively speculating about the NDP’s plans for another energy issue: a potential royalty regime review. On this topic, Gaulin advises the new premier to be cautious, stating that the uncertainty in the market caused by the recent tumbling oil prices make it an inauspicious time to revisit the royalty scheme.