NDP leader Mulcair wants oilsands products to stay in Canada

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on...

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Sara Norman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:03 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Job creation in B.C. isn't dependent on shipping oil to international markets, according to federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

The Opposition leader says keeping oilsands products within the country would still boost the economy and keep people working.

Mulcair made the comments here Tuesday in reference to shipping oil internationally on supertankers from the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline through a difficult-to-navigate waterway.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says exporting oil resources is important for Canada to create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, but Mulcair calls that a fallacy. Keeping oil resources in Canada would create at least 40,000 jobs across the country, Mulcair said.

"Instead of paying $50 more per barrel in the east to import from countries like Algeria, for goodness sakes. use the Canadian oil there and refine it, upgrade it and provide the jobs in Canada," he said.


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