Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
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B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta’s fuel restriction law

B.C. files constitutional challenge of Alberta’s fuel restriction law

"There has been a mischaracterization of B.C.'s role here".

The Canadian senate has passed a bill calling on the federal government to put its weight behind the successful completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. The B.C. Supreme Court has yet to rule in a case testing the province's jurisdiction.

This week, Alberta premier Rachel Notley had bowed out of a Western premier's meeting, saying she planned to concentrate on the pipeline project ahead of the May 31 deadline.

Horgan wasn't commenting Monday on Notley's decision to skip the conference.

Cheryl Oates, a spokesperson for Ms. Notley, said in an interview that the Alberta leader is focused on doing what she can on Trans Mountain.

The former chief executive of Alberta Investment Management Corporation said he expects the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will ultimately be built, but the federal and Alberta governments will likely need to take financial stakes in it first.

Last week, the federal government said it would indemnify the project against costs incurred if the B.C. government delays or obstructs the project. "While the pipeline is a big issue, it's not the only issue", Ms. Holmwood said.

"Nothing's going to change, it's just going to be a different victim in this political game of tennis".


"While they are at the premiers meeting talking about how to spend that kind of money, I'll be here in Alberta talking about how we can earn that kind of money". "We'll let the courts sort it out".

"They are still reserving the right to play legal rope-a-dope until the cows come home", Notley said. "That's why we're fighting for the pipeline".

"A catastrophic oil spill, and our ability to clean it up, would compromise that economic activity".

"Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C.is not settled soon, I am ready and prepared to turn off the taps".

They were part of a demonstration by the US environmental group, Mosquito Fleet, Greenpeace US and Sierra Club that organised a rally in the city against Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline expansion.

"We really want solidarity with the business community across industries and across the Rockies", he said in an earlier phone interview. "We are going to not allow Kinder Morgan to finish this pipeline".

As evidence of intent to punish, about one-third of the statement of claim is devoted to a recounting of a trail of events that began Jan 30.

Next day, Alberta energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd expanded on the threat on the floor of the Alberta legislature.

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