Proposed BC pipeline regulation shouldn't begin a 'commerce struggle'

Lydia Fleming
February 5, 2018

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suspended talks Thursday on buying B.C. electricity, and has described the proposal as an unconstitutional attempt to stop Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

Asti Trattoria Italiana in Fort McMurray says on its Facebook page that, effective immediately, it will no longer serve any wines from British Columbia. "That we could not allow that piece to stand".

"That pipeline is going to get built", Trudeau said.

The Alberta and B.C. chambers of commerce as well as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a joint statement Thursday saying the B.C. government is sending the wrong message to investors and diminishing Canada's competitiveness on the global market.

He added that without Trans Mountain, B.C. would need to get tankers to the Port of Burnaby, which he says would be even more risky.

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The leader of Alberta's Opposition, Jason Kenney, made some suggestions on Wednesday about what he would do to penalize B.C., but Notley says his ideas would hurt Albertans.

The range and severity of options being proposed in retaliation to B.C.'s latest move should be a wake-up call for Trudeau.

The move, announced earlier this week by B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, would effectively stymie Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion expansion project.

"We have a federal government to look out for the national interest above various disagreements within the provinces and we did exactly that on the Trans Mountain pipeline", Trudeau said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM. "This kind of uncertainty is bad for investment and bad for working people".

We need to get the attention of ordinary British Columbians. That's not what we're doing.

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"The premier deserves credit for her stance and for her reaction to try and bring this to some sort of reasonable resolution", he said Friday, adding that Albertans were waiting for a strong message from Trudeau on the issue.

He downplayed any possibility of court action or sanctions by Alberta.

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

"I would encourage the B.C. government to actually read the NEB ruling that talks in great detail about what they claim to be concerned about, about the risk of bitumen spills".

But in B.C. on Friday, Trudeau's town hall crowd was more hostile.

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"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".

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