Alberta Tory leadership rivals back oilsands expansion

EDMONTON — Alberta Tory leadership candidate Doug Griffiths says rapid expansion of the oilsands is not good because it means the province isn’t getting full value for its resource.

EDMONTON — Alberta Tory leadership candidate Doug Griffiths says rapid expansion of the oilsands is not good because it means the province isn’t getting full value for its resource.

Griffiths says the government needs to step back and ensure it’s taking advantage of initiatives like processing more of the raw bitumen in house.

Griffiths and the other five candidates were speaking at a debate in Edmonton prior to Saturday’s vote to pick a new party leader.

Candidate Gary Mar says he supports the Keystone XL pipeline and other pipeline initiatives to get more product to market.

Rick Orman, Ted Morton, and Alison Redford say they’ll invest in infrastructure in communities like Fort McMurray so that it can handle oilsands expansion.

Doug Horner says the province needs a made-in-Alberta immigration policy to bring in the thousands of workers that will be required for the oilpatch.

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