Alberta Enterprise Group Says Debate Affecting Canada's Economy

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Alberta business group says too much debate bogging down resource development | AP File

EDMONTON - A business organization says too much debate is making it difficult to develop Canada's economy.

The Alberta Enterprise Group says there is too much talk about why proposed pipelines, power lines, mines and hydroelectric projects should not be built.

The group's president, Tim Shipton, says the focus should instead be on why such projects should go ahead.

He says the country is being paralyzed by special interests and complacency and it is time for Canadians to deal with what he calls — quote — "internal blockades."

The group includes Enbridge (TSX:ENB), the firm behind the proposed $6 billion Northern Gateway pipeline that would ship crude derived from Alberta's oilsands to the B.C. coast.

Shipton says the situation is putting jobs and profits at risk, as well as revenues that help pay for government programs.

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