The verbal war between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall continues.
Notley told reporters in Edmonton Thursday she is looking at whether Wall is breaking regional free-trade rules by offering incentives for oil and gas firms to move to his province and whether or not that is a breach of the New West Partnership Agreement between British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
But she adds her government won’t leave the partnership over Wall’s attempts to lure companies to his side of the boundary.
Wall’s government has sent letters to Alberta oil and gas firms offering to subsidize relocation costs, trim taxes and royalties, and help find space in unused government buildings.
Notley says Wall’s plan is short-sighted and self-defeating, given how much Saskatchewan’s economy relies on doing business in Alberta.
Wall says he is letting companies know about existing policies in Saskatchewan and he isn’t offering a specific relocation program that would violate the spirit of the provincial trade agreement.
The two have been sparring verbally since last week’s Saskatchewan budget with Wall saying last week he respectfully will not take any budget advice from his Alberta counterpart because of the amount of taxes she has instituted since taking office including a carbon tax.