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Canada’s Premiers closing in on national energy strategy

Premier of the Northwest Territories Bob McLeod says he's hopeful a significant announcement will be made



CHARLOTTETOWN—The premier of the Northwest Territories says Canada’s premiers are close to agreeing on the basic outline of a national energy strategy.

Bob McLeod says the premiers are working on a so-called vision document and he’s hopeful a significant announcement will be made before their annual meeting wraps up today in Charlottetown.

The provinces have been talking about a national energy strategy for years, with Alberta leading the way.

However, Quebec and British Columbia have previously resisted signing on.

But with a switch to a federalist Liberal government in Quebec last April and B.C. Premier Christy Clark dropping her objections last November, the main obstacles to a deal may have fallen away.

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