Vaughn Palmer

In the latest back-and-forth development between BC and Alberta over the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion, Alberta is being sued by the BC government after legislation was passed in Alberta last week that would give the province the ability to shut off its oil supply to BC.

The lawsuit claims the legislation is unconstitutional because it violates section 121, which allows: "All articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces".

The company responsible for the project, Kinder Morgan, set a self-imposed deadline to mothball the project if political interferences are not dealt with by the end of May.

While the two provinces are locked in the dispute, the deadline given by Kinder Morgan-May 31-is drawing closer.


McMillan said if a pipeline that meets a high regulatory standard, has all the approvals, support from a majority of Canadians and the backing of the federal government can not get built, it sends a chilling signal that Canada is not open for business.

As evidence of intent to punish, about one-third of the statement of claim is devoted to a recounting of a trail of events that began Jan 30.

A ship receives its' load of crude from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock in Burnaby, British Columbia. 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.

Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs, who represents Lakeland in northeast Alberta, will introduce the bill to the House of Commons within the next two days, Cousineau said.


"We continue to engage in financial discussions on the way we are going to do that", Trudeau said.

The NDP government in B.C. came to power past year - supported by the Green Party - after an election campaign in which it committed to working against the pipeline expansion owing to environmental concerns.

"I'm very concerned that we are missing an opportunity here in this nation to advance our economic benefit here, not just in Saskatchewan, but in Western Canada and the nation of Canada", Moe said.

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


"It is not to stop the pipeline or prevent it", Eby argued.

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