BC Sues Alberta Over 'Turn-Off-Fuel-Tap' Legislation

28 May, 2018, 23:17 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Notley said the lawsuit is just one of several tactics to create uncertainty over the Kinder Morgan pipeline project. "They are still reserving the right to play legal rope-a-dope until the cows come home".

Moreover the wording of the Act insisted that the motivation was (as the title had it) "preserving Canada's economic prosperity" and (as the preamble had it) "maximizing value of Alberta's natural energy resources". The B.C. Supreme Court has yet to rule in a case testing the province's jurisdiction.

The Government of British Columbia filed Tuesday the statement of claim-after it had threatened to do so last week-in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench, arguing that the "Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act" recently passed by Alberta violates the Canadian Constitution in the part that prohibits any law that is a tariff or whose goal and essence make it "tariff-like".

Plans to triple the capacity of Kinder Morgan's existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C., which says the risk of a bitumen spill is too great for the province's environment and economy.

Notley said she is not attending the meeting Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead.

On Tuesday, she complained that B.C.is seeking the power to limit oil exports while insisting Alberta must sell B.C. its fossil fuels on demand.

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Horgan's government has since sued Alberta to stop the bill. "We will not hesitate".

"Pharmacare does not grow on trees", she said. "In order to protect and improve the things that matter to people, like pharmacare, we need a strong, functioning national economy".

Notley said she could not comment on the status of negotiations with Kinder Morgan, other than saying they are getting closer to finding a way to move forward without delay by the pipeline company's deadline.

The Alberta government has been putting pressure on BC for the past few months, instituting a boycott on BC wines, raising pro-pipeline billboards in BC, and, most recently, passing legislation that would cut off BC's supply of Alberta oil.

At a closing news conference, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe agreed that free-trade issues were his priority at the Western Premiers' Conference. There is already ample enough evidence present from the NDP's own election platform for the federal government to file a legal claim against B.C., seeking damages for violating Ottawa's legal right to approve projects in the national interest. "In addition to economic harm, a sudden disruption in supply could injure human health and safety in remote communities".

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