Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley


Federal government representatives have not indicated whether they will support the bill in the House of Commons, Cousineau said.

Re: "Horgan downplays tensions ahead of premiers' meeting", May 18.

The conference in Yellowknife wrapped up with commitments to co-operate on free trade, cannabis regulation and pharmacare funding.

Plans to triple the capacity of Kinder Morgan's existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C., which says the risk of a bitumen spill is too great for the province's environment and economy. But the majority of leaders in the room insisted on sticking to an agenda where agreement was possible.

Alberta deputy premier Sarah Hoffman said without the wealth that would flow from the expansion of the pipeline, all discussions on such issues are moot.

There won't be any fireworks between the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia at the Western premiers conference this week, because Alberta Premier Rachel Notley isn't going.

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan have supported the pipeline project against British Columbia's objections, but Mr. Pallister said the western provinces need to focus on obstacles to free trade - both worldwide and interprovincial. He said Ottawa should be stick-handling the dispute over the pipeline - in some other forum. The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.

"Pharmacare does not grow on trees", she said. "Today's filing came after we repeatedly called on Alberta not to move forward with blatantly unconstitutional legislation", says Attorney General Eby, according to 660 News.

Is Horgan so out of touch that he doesn't realize what the stakes are for Alberta, or does he simply not care?

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BC government sues Alberta over plan to restrict fuel shipments

"A significant percentage of the gasoline and diesel consumed in British Columbia is imported from Alberta refineries, either by pipeline, train or tanker truck", the B.C. statement of claim concedes.

Notley and B.C. NDP Premier John Horgan have sparred publicly over the project in recent weeks.

That case is just one of several legal challenges that hang over the project. The first reason is that it provides a foundation for federal action.

British Columbia is also suing Alberta for passing a law that will allow it to choke off the supply of fuel to B.C., which Ms. Notley says she is prepared to use.

Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs, who represents Lakeland in northeast Alberta, will introduce the bill to the House of Commons within the next two days, Cousineau said.

Mr. Horgan told reporters on Wednesday the two cases are different.

Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets.

The B.C. NDP government does agree with the Alberta NDP government on one point - cutting off shipments of oil, natural gas and refined fuels would indeed serve to punish this province.

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