05/25/2012 01:20 EDT | Updated 07/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Poll on Mulcair and oilsands shows need for 'national conversation:' Redford

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says a poll showing Canadians are split on federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's remarks on oilsands development back up her call for a national energy plan.

She says the results prove Canada needs what she calls a "national conversation" on the benefits of resource development.

She says concerns that a high dollar powered by the oilsands hurts manufacturing will melt away once Canadians have what she calls the facts in front of them.

Redford says Mulcair's statements that a resource-driven economy hurts manufacturing pit some Canadians against others.

A Harris-Decima poll says 41 per cent of Canadians agreed with Mulcair and 45 per cent had doubts.