Senate passes bill calling for Ottawa to back Trans Mountain | Regulatory


"The private shareholders he's describing happen to be part of a company that will contribute ... roughly $15 billion to the Canadian economy and will contribute to and support over 250,000 jobs in the country of Canada, so it is a ridiculously naive statement", she said. But the majority of leaders in the room insisted on sticking to an agenda where agreement was possible.

Kinder Morgan has halted non-essential construction on the pipeline and set a May 31 deadline to decide whether it will proceed with the expansion.

Advocating the project in a Vancouver Sun editorial, Notley wrote, "We can get a fair return for our oil produced under an emissions cap or we can see those resources evaporate".

Horgan has also accused the federal government of unnecessarily putting taxpayers money at risk by offering financial protection for Kinder Morgan's investors as the Trans Mountain pipeline drags on.

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. "On one hand, they don't want our oil, and on the other hand, they are suing us to give them our oil", she said.

​Senate passes bill calling for Ottawa to back Trans Mountain | Regulatory
Timeline of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline

Drawing on those and other public pronouncements by B.C. Greens and New Democrats, one could readily conclude that the B.C. reference case, no less than Alberta Bill 12, was also motivated by politics. The first reason is that it provides a foundation for federal action.

Alberta's NDP government counters that the regulation is unconstitutional, since pipelines between provinces are in federal, not provincial, jurisdiction.

She and other Alberta ministers made similar statements when Bill 12 was introduced, debated and passed, leaving no doubt that "its objective was to authorize the government of Alberta to reduce supplies of crude oil, natural gas and refined fuels to cause economic harm to British Columbians in order to punish and put pressure on B.C".

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

Horgan and Moe, along with the leaders of Manitoba, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories emerged with a joint communique prioritizing key inter-provincial issues, but Alberta refused to sign because it did not contain stronger language in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. "There's a distinct difference between those two things".

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