Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe					Mark Taylor  The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe Mark Taylor The Canadian Press

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said the federal government is willing to compensate the pipeline's backers for any financial loss due to British Columbia's attempts to obstruct the expansion, which will triple the amount of crude oil the pipeline carries.

She says she's tried in the past to have that conversation but so far, the federal NDP leader has declined. "Today's filing came after we repeatedly called on Alberta not to move forward with blatantly unconstitutional legislation", says Attorney General Eby, according to 660 News.

"Second, it provides certainty that Kinder Morgan is requesting in order to allow them to continue their work in constructing the Trans Mountain Pipeline", Black said during the senate's third reading of the bill, calling it "extraordinarily straightforward".

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan have supported the pipeline project against British Columbia's objections, but Mr. Pallister said the western provinces need to focus on obstacles to free trade - both worldwide and interprovincial.

Ms. Notley refused to attend the meeting, saying she was busy trying to secure a deal to salvage the pipeline project ahead of a company-imposed May 31 deadline.

Notley has argued that the lack of a pipeline is taking $40 million a day out of the Canadian economy. Premier John Horgan then shelved the threat to restrict bitumen in favour of asking the courts to rule on the extent of B.C.'s powers, if any, to regulate same. "On one hand, they don't want our oil, and on the other hand, they are suing us to give them our oil", she said.

"A significant percentage of the gasoline and diesel consumed in British Columbia is imported from Alberta refineries, either by pipeline, train or tanker truck", the B.C. statement of claim concedes.

But on Thursday, B.C. threatened to sue Alberta in its own courts after the province's MLAs almost unanimously passed a bill allowing Notley to shut off the oil taps to the west to bolster her position. "For Alberta, all other issues had to be subservient to that", he said.

Mr. Horgan told reporters on Wednesday the two cases are different.

Alberta sees the pipeline as key to moving bitumen from the province to the west coast and from there to lucrative overseas markets. But in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, B.C. argues Alberta can not punish it for that stand by cutting off domestic fuel supplies.

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