Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Feds explore buying Trans Mountain; decision coming Tuesday

Feds explore buying Trans Mountain; decision coming Tuesday

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 objective and essence make it "tariff-like".

Eby questioned why Alberta would take the time draft a law knowing that B.C. would challenge it, instead of referring the matter to a provincial or federal judge, as his government did.

The announcement will come just two days before the May 31 deadline set by Kinder Morgan to decide if it's confident enough to proceed with construction.

The lawsuit comes a day after Notley abruptly cancelled her attendance at western premiers' meetings in Yellowknife over what she called B.C.'s attempt to "choke" her province and Canada's "economic lifeblood".

Mr. Horgan's spokeswoman fired back, saying there are larger issues to be discussed at the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, beyond the pipeline project that has caused a divide between the neighbouring NDP governments. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan have been at odds over the pipeline.

He describes the spat between BC and Alberta holding up the pipeline like a political game of tennis.

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Notley noted that B.C. would be able to source oil and gas from Washington, but it would drive up prices for consumers. "They want to bring that oil through here, but we say that we will stop Kinder Morgan", George-Parker said.

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

The first and most likely option: the federal government buys and builds the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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

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".

Not only is the growing resistance from the local community, indigenous rights groups and local and US-based environmental groups to the pipeline, but even the financial community thinks the economics and changing energy market is stacked against it. Wal van Lierop is president and CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital.

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