10/28/2011 10:16 EDT | Updated 12/28/2011 05:12 EST

Alberta premier keeps heat on federal government over museum funding issue

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Alberta Premier Alison Redford has fired the latest volley in a verbal spat with the federal government over money for a new Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton.

Redford says the province was told by Ottawa that funding was available for the project in downtown Edmonton and it moved ahead on that basis.

She made the comment while speaking to reporters after a leader's dinner in Fort McMurray, Alta., Thursday night.

The province announced late Wednesday that the museum — announced in April — was being shelved for the time being because Ottawa backed away from verbal commitments to provide funding.

The government has said it was really counting on getting $92 million through the Building Canada fund and that there were assurances the money would come through.

Federal Public Works Minister Rona (RAH'-nuh) Ambrose has said that Ottawa was only ever committed to cover $30 million of the $340-million facility. (CFVR)