Feds explore buying Trans Mountain; Morneau's decision coming Tuesday — NewsAlert

Greg Lawrence
May 29, 2018

Two months later, the B.C. government, then led by premier Christy Clark's Liberals, gave approval to the project.

"Alberta seeks to utilize powers under the Act to punish B.C. and to exert pressure upon B.C".

Statements of claim contain information that has not been proven in court.

On that date, the B.C. NDP government announced it would block increased shipments of Alberta bitumen (heavy oil) pending public consultations and a scientific review.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley saw some irony in B.C.'s position.

Notley said she wasn't surprised by B.C.'s legal action in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh will offer a very different perspective on how Ottawa should be handling the pipeline file at a pre-QP press availability in the Commons Foyer, where, alongside "several members of his caucus", he's expected to highlight the government's "failure to take any steps towards eliminating subsidies to the fossil fuel industry", including - but not limited to - "the recent proposal to subsidize Kinder Morgan".

Next day, Alberta energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd expanded on the threat on the floor of the Alberta legislature. "They've made some decisions, and we're going to inflict pain on those economic decisions so they understand what they've done".

That decision came as British Columbia Premier John Horgan was working on a court challenge to seek judicial guidance on whether provinces can restrict what flows through pipelines for environmental reasons.

Eby said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench challenges the constitutionality of Alberta's law because it is meant to punish B.C.

"A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia irreparable harm", the document asserts. The B.C. Supreme Court has yet to rule in a case testing the province's jurisdiction.

Pallister said that would allow Canadians to "work together as a family and not have these barriers among our provinces get in the way of creating a wealthier country".

Morneau has already unveiled the third option: leaving original project architect Kinder Morgan to handle construction, but covering any cost overruns incurred as a result of political interference. "We will use every tool in our tool box to stop the project from going ahead".

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