Trans Mountain supporters hit the Hill for one-day lobbying blitz

29 May, 2018, 16:18 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • ​Senate passes bill calling for Ottawa to back Trans Mountain | Regulatory

The British Columbia government filed a constitutional lawsuit Tuesday countering an Alberta government bill that would limit fuel being sent to the province.

Trudeau dispatched Morneau to negotiate a deal with Kinder Morgan in mid-April, a week after the company halted all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline pending reassurances from Ottawa that opposition to the project was not going to prevent it from being completed.

Notley said issues such as pharmacare are important and Alberta will be represented by deputy premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.

Instead, Notley said she will meet with Kinder Morgan officials.

If Alberta does restrict oil transports to B.C. gas pumps, he said, the province is prepared to ask a judge to make an order against it through an injunction. "In the current environment, we will not put [Kinder Morgan] shareholders at risk on the remaining project spend", Steve Kean, Kinder Morgan's chair, and chief executive officer said in a press release that Sunday afternoon.

She says it might be worth going to the meeting to chastise Horgan if a decision on Trans Mountain were still a long way off, but the deadline is too close now for her to do that.

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The move sems to have backfired and emboldened everyone fighting the pipeline.

This is just the latest development in the pipeline feud between the two provinces, which began earlier this year when John Horgan's government announced it would limit bitumen shipments pending a spill response study.

Other western premiers have started to weigh in on the matter that's dividing Canada.

A spokesperson for Horgan's office said the B.C. premier was heading to Yellowknife focused on a national pharmacare program and on ensuring provinces retain a leadership role in any national drug plan.

"The Government of Alberta introduced and supported the Act because it asserts British Columbia is responsible for "delays" to an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which transports petroleum products from Edmonton to Kamloops, Burnaby, and Washington".

In a statement, the communications department for the Trans Mountain project said it would not comment on consultations around the project until they are terminated or reached a "sufficiently definitive agreement on or before May 31 that satisfies the objectives that we discussed and or as may otherwise be required by applicable laws or stock exchange rules".

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