OTTAWA — An NDP government could nix resource projects even before the National Energy Board (NEB) reviews them, party leader Thomas Mulcair says.
"There are some things that some people would send to the NEB that we would say no to," the Opposition leader said Wednesday. "What you can do...is simply decide that some things, like the Northern Gateway pipeline would be a good example, are non-starters."
The comments came following Mulcair's major energy policy speech to the Economic Club of Canada, promising to remove cabinet's "arbitrary" power to decide on projects after NEB review.
He also reconfirmed his support for a cap-and-trade system, which the Conservatives call a "$21-billion carbon tax."
Mulcair would also like to overhaul Canada's environmental assessment rules, spend more on clean energy and subsidize home energy retrofits.
He promised the guiding hand of government won't leave Canada's energy sector "grasping in the dark."
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