Trudeau sides with Alberta in pipeline dust-up with BC

A disabled veteran an Indigenous woman angry about racism and people worried about stalled oil pipelines hurled questions at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his latest town hall meeting in Edmonton Thursday night. Trudeau takes part in a town hall

Trudeau sides with Alberta in pipeline dust-up with BC

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says there will be consequences for British Columbia over the province's latest attempt to hinder expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil pipeline.

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So serious are the potential ramifications, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley angrily accused B.C. of trying to circumvent the law and rewrite Canada's Constitution. "He can start by telling B.C. that they have no right to hold Alberta and Canada's economy hostage".

Mr. Trudeau, who will be attending a number of events in Edmonton on Thursday and will be on Vancouver Island on Friday, is wading into an economic and environmental tug of war between Alberta and B.C.as he travels west.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from Winnipeg on Wednesday night, added that the Trans Mountain project is safe for the environment. "I grew up on that coast and if I though there was a danger to the beauty of British Columbia's coast, we would not have approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline".

"Enough is enough. We need to get these things built".

"It is the job of the federal government to decide what's in the national interest, he said". He said ultimately it is in Canada's interest to get oil to new markets across the Pacific, and that the country can not continue to be "trapped" by the price discount, or differential, it receives from American customers. "This kind of uncertainty is bad for investment and bad for working people", she said.

"One of the reasons we have a national government to oversee national interests is to step up for the interests of all Canadians, and that's exactly what I am going to do". That's not what we're doing.

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

"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".

"There's nothing to take to court", Horgan said.

"Sabre-rattling doesn't get you very far".

Earlier this week, the B.C. government released a document regarding pipelines that included a proposal to restrict shipments of crude through them until a comprehensive study on contingency plans was completed. "We have already consulted".

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