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Nunavut premier joins Alberta’s call for national energy policy

But national policy would have to ensure provincial control.

CALGARY—Nuanvut’s premier is joining her Alberta counterpart in calling for a national energy policy.

In a speech to a Calgary energy conference, Eva Aariak threw her support behind Premier Alison Redford’s call for federal co-ordination of developing energy supplies.

Aariak says any national policy would have to ensure provincial control, which provinces take for granted but which still doesn’t exist in most of the North.

She says Nunavut has vast natural gas reserves and alternative energy sources such as wind and tides.

But she points out too many northern communities depend on expensive and polluting diesel generating plants for power.

Aariak says it will take a national effort to change that, and to allow the North to start exporting energy south.

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