Published: Sun, February 04, 2018
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Premier Rachel Notley expected to provide update on Trans Mountain pipeline project

Premier Rachel Notley expected to provide update on Trans Mountain pipeline project

Notley said she told Trudeau, who's in Edmonton for a town-hall meeting, that the federal government needs to act decisively to end the dispute.

The Premier said he had spoken to Mr. Trudeau on Friday during the Prime Minister's visit to British Columbia, and they agreed to disagree on Trans Mountain. "It is something many people feel very strongly about on either side, but that is the nature of the compromise we had to make in the best interests of Canada".

"It may punish B.C., but it also potentially punishes Albertans, like any import tariff or import restriction does".

"To the extent that B.C.'s jurisdiction is interfering with the ability of the pipeline to be constructed, they're probably overreaching their constitutional jurisdiction, but to say that they have no ability to care about environmental concerns within their borders is also not right".

"We need this pipeline and we're going to move forward with it responsibly like I committed to".

"The Kinder Morgan pipeline is not a danger to the B.C. coast", he said.

"One of the reasons we have a national government to oversee national interests is to step up for the interests of all Canadians and that's exactly what I am going to do", he said, without elaborating on what steps he might take.

Notley is holding an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss what range of legal and economic levers Alberta can pull in its spat with its neighbour to the west. "We are consulting with the people of B.C. It's way too premature to talk about those sorts of issues".

Speaking in Ottawa, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr wouldn't say what Canada might do if British Columbia implements its regulation.

The expansion was approved by the federal government in 2016 and will increase Trans Mountain capacity to 890,000 bbls per day from 300,000 bbls a day between Edmonton and Burnaby.

"They do have another opportunity in California, so I don't know there's going to be a true limiting of market access if that's the intention".

Horgan, who like Notley leads an NDP government, swept into power in July after forming an alliance with his province's Green Party, which holds three seats in B.C.'s legislature. "We have already consulted". She specifically mentioned interprovincial trade in electricity.

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