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Wildrose Alliance brings in experts to help develop energy platform

CALGARY - Alberta's Wildrose Alliance party says it's launching a taskforce to develop an energy platform for the next provincial election.

CALGARY - Alberta's Wildrose Alliance party says it's launching a task force to develop an energy platform for the next provincial election.

Party leader Danielle Smith says industry experts David Yager and David Gray will be co-chairmans of the task force.

Yager is the chairman of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada.

He says he plans on consulting with “the smartest people in the business” to help the party create its energy policy.

Gray, a former executive director with the Utilities Consumer Advocate, says Alberta needs “a modern and forward-thinking energy policy” that focuses on the demands the system will face in the future.

Smith says Premier Ed Stelmach and the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta have lost their way when it comes to energy issues.

She says a Wildrose Alliance government would focus on the businesspeople and the companies “that compete in the global marketplace.”

On Monday, Smith delivered a speech to about 200 leaders in the oilpatch, promising her party would make changes to the province's royalty framework.

At the beginning of this year, Stelmach hiked oil and gas royalties by $1.4 billion after a government-appointed panel determined Albertans were not getting their “fair share” of the province's resource wealth.

 
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