Albertans deserve to know how much they’ll pay and who will profit

Ted Morton, the Wildrose and the NDP actually agree about something.

Albertans stand to get hosed by transmission line costs.

That rare alignment came together Tuesday as all three weighed in on the perennially controversial megaplan to build new electrical transmission lines in Alberta.

Equally contentious is the law that removed the legal requirement for public hearings on such infrastructure projects and put the decision in the hands of the cabinet.

The government passed Bill 50 in 2009, citing a critical need to catch up on electrical transmission infrastructure, which hasn’t seen a major upgrade in 20 years.

The justification for circumventing much of the consultation process was that delaying the projects could lead to an unreliable electric system and paying extra for upgrades when construction and labour costs are again soaring.

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