B.C. does not have a comparable residency requirement.
Huntington argues those “residency audits” mean it’s nearly impossible for oil and gas companies to be based out of B.C. In Question Period today, she maintained that she was told a year ago that the “trade dispute” was being dealt with.
“Well, it has been nearly 12 years since B.C. started dealing with the situation,” she said. “Meanwhile, all the jobs, the taxes, the purchasing power, the insurance business and the payroll are Alberta’s. Until it ends, B.C. is little more than an oil and gas colony.”
Huntington adds that information she’s obtained shows 17 companies have been targeted by the Alberta Government’s Energy Resources Conservation Board in the past four years, calling them “entrepreneurs deserted by their own government”
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Pat Bell assured Huntington that Alberta has recently agreed to comply to the requirements under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement between the two provinces and Saskatchewan, especially relating to residency requirements. He says the province is implementing the necessary changes to do so, and he’s told the government is already starting to see head offices being set up in B.C.