Alberta Premier Rachel Notley tries to douse dragon’s fire

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:04 GMT, Jan 13, 2016 |

With a smile on her face, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley breathed a little fire of her own today when asked about a wealthy businessman’s pledge to invest in the province’s oil industry if — and only if — she resigns from office.

In his fantasy novel ‘The Hobbitt, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote: “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.”

This strange little story, however, began with a dragon … of sorts.

The whole thing started Monday, when Canadian business mogul Kevin O’Leary, told a Toronto radio station he would invest in Alberta energy companies if Notley, leader of the province’s New Democratic Party, steps down as premier.

“I mean no disrespect when I say this, but here’s my offer: I’ll invest $1 million in Canadian energy companies if, out of grace and for the absolute good of Canada, the premier of Alberta resigns,” O’Leary told Newstalk 1010’s Live Drive radio program.