Brian Jean says Montreal mayor 'interfering' with Energy East pipeline process

Alberta's Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean says he's fed up with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre for "interfering" with the National Energy Board's independent review process of the Energy East pipeline.

Coderre questions the impartiality of the current process after learning ex-Quebec premier Jean Charest met the chairman and two commissioners of the NEB while working for TransCanada, the company heading the project.

The NEB says it wasn't aware of Charest's relationship with TransCanada when they met with him.  

Jean says this is another case of unnecessary interruption.

"A politician who dumps raw sewage into his city's fresh waterways while accepting billions of dollars in equalization from Alberta taxpayers has no right to cast judgment on the independent National Energy Board process," said in a release.

The Alberta politician is calling for Coderre to immediately step away from this independent review.

"The NEB hearings should continue, and I am confident the science of pipeline safety will win the day."