Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline threatens the rule of law in Canada and says she made it clear in a phone call to B.C. Premier John Horgan that her province is retaliating.
Notley said they had what she called a “very frank chat.”
She said she is also introducing legislation this week to give Alberta the power to reduce oil flows to B.C., which could send gas prices in the province soaring.
Watch below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said “very soon” they will be moving forward with legislation “providing Alberta with the legal mechanisms needed to get full value for our energy resources.” She said she had a “very frank chat” with B.C. Premier John Horgan about her government’s plan.
Notley’s comments come after Kinder Morgan announced Sunday it was scaling back work on the Trans Mountain pipeline, saying opposition from the B.C. government puts the project at risk.
B.C. is fighting the multibillion-dollar expansion with legal challenges and permit delays over concern about oil spills and coastline protection.
The expansion project, from Edmonton to Burnaby, already has federal approval and Notley said B.C.’s actions ignore the rule of law and threaten to provoke a constitutional crisis.
“There are those out there who are, at this point, calling this moment that we are in a constitutional crisis for the country,” Notley said in a statement Monday prior to a cabinet meeting. “I don’t know, really, if that’s too far off.”
Kinder Morgan has given a deadline of May 31 for a clear signal that the Trans Mountain project can proceed.
Notley said the federal government needs to step up with concrete action.
Watch below: Kinder Morgan has announced it is scaling back work on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives more certainty the project will be able to proceed. As Tom Vernon reports, that’s sounds major alarm bells in Alberta.
“If the federal government allows its authority to be challenged in this way, if the national interest is given over to the extremes on the left or the right, and if the voices of the moderate majority of Canadians are
forgotten, the reverberations of that will tear at the fabric of Confederation for many, many years to come,” she said.
The project would triple the amount of oil shipped from Alberta to B.C.
Notley said the expansion is critical to getting oil to overseas markets and fetching a better price. Right now, Alberta oil is effectively confined to North American markets and sells at a comparative discount due to shipping bottlenecks.
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