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Alberta crude-by-rail increase ‘manageable’, analysts say, but farmers fearful of being pushed off tracks

Premier Rachel Notley pressed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again on Friday to provide support for her plan to purchase rail cars to increase the amount of oil being shipped out of Alberta.

But Trudeau did not make any firm commitments, telling reporters at the first ministers’ meeting in Montreal that the federal government heard a “number of proposals” to address Alberta’s oil price differential crisis and will be considering everything.

Alberta has proposed purchasing as many as 7,000 rail cars and 80 locomotives and is willing to go it alone if it doesn’t get federal help. The NDP government has already begun negotiating the acquisition with suppliers and has said it expects to announce a deal within weeks.

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