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Alberta politicians debate all night on contentious land-use bill

EDMONTON — Alberta politicians have concluded a 17-hour debate just in time to turn around and start all over again.

Politicians sparred through the night Tuesday until lunchtime today on a bill relating to the government’s power to put projects such as oil wells and pipelines on private land.

The Opposition Wildrose party, which says the bill threatens landowner rights, introduced amendments throughout the night —but there were all defeated.

Government house leader Dave Hancock could have used the government’s majority to end the debate, but said it was important for all parties to have their say.

The Responsible Energy Development Act now moves to third and final reading.

The debate ended just in time for the normal routine of the house to begin at 1:30 p.m.



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