Alberta BC Trade Dispute

February 7, 2018 4:01 pm
Updated: February 8, 2018 3:49 pm

Trans Mountain CEO condemns B.C.’s move to restrict bitumen shipments

WATCH ABOVE: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of causing the Trans Mountain dispute between the B.C. and Alberta governments, after failing to renew the environmental review process for energy process.


The head of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. is applauding Alberta’s efforts to put pressure on British Columbia in the pipeline dispute and calling on the federal government to do more.

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Ian Anderson says it’s unfortunate that the pipeline debate has escalated into a wider trade dispute with Alberta banning imports of B.C. wine yesterday, since such disputes are harmful to all involved, but that it helps to remind B.C. of the severity of their actions.

READ MORE: B.C. wine boycott could hurt Albertans, say food and beverage industry entrepreneurs

He says the company sent a letter to B.C. Premier John Horgan Tuesday expressing disappointment in the province’s move to restrict increases in diluted bitumen shipments as a clear attempt to stifle the Trans Mountain expansion project.

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Watch below: Singh says Ottawa has a responsibility to mediate B.C, Alberta dispute

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Echoing comments made by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Anderson says B.C.’s actions are clearly illegal and unconstitutional and is looking for more action from the federal government.

READ MORE: ‘We’re standing up for the national interest’: Trudeau weighs in on Alberta, B.C. dispute 

He says the no one is missing the agenda B.C. is pursuing with their B.C. Green Party alliance and that the province has no jurisdiction to restrict the shipments of diluted bitumen.

Anderson says the suggestion by some of restricting oil and gas shipments to B.C. to put pressure on the province is not commercially feasible and not something the company is considering.

Watch: Edmonton MP Amarjeet Sohi said the federal government remains confident that the Trans Mountain pipeline will go through despite the B.C. government’s concerns over the environmental impact.

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