The move would have a direct impact on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which was OK'd in 2016 by the federal government but has faced delays and opposition in B.C. ever since.
Premier Rachel Notley told reporters Monday in Edmonton that B.C. and Ottawa officials are now in talks to resolve what she has branded that province's illegal, unconstitutional actions.
KMI recently said it expects the operational date for the pipeline is now a year later than expected, to December 2020, but that it remains committed to the $7.4B project despite the latest hurdles. "This is a very crucial element of our economy, and we can not see it continue to grow the way that it has in the last 10 years without additional, very meaningful investment from the federal government".
The province launched a website where people can learn about pipelines, email their support for the project, and sign a petition which will be delivered to British Columbia Premier John Horgan.
Ironically, one of the most valuable B.C. exports to Alberta appears to be the condensate that is used to create the diluted bitumen that Horgan wants to restrict.
Prior to the wine ban, Notley suspended talks on an electricity deal that would bring an estimated $500 million into B.C. government coffers annually.
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney has applauded Notley's retaliation against B.C. and called for further actions, including imposing tolls on natural gas that flows to the United States through Alberta.
But, Notley, correctly, would not say if or when her government might take such action.
"If you listen to them [B.C. government], they'll say we're just consulting on how to protect the environment, and of course if that's all this was about, that would be absolutely fine, because we support those objectives, as all Canadians do". "But the government of British Columbia must understand that an attack on the jobs of a neighbouring province" will not go unanswered. "We're talking days, not much more than that", said Notley.
Carr said the Conservatives are trying to manufacture a crisis and that B.C.is very aware Canada can and will do what it takes to exert its authority to have the pipeline built.
Even before the Justin Trudeau government released its new environmental assessment rules last week, I thought there was little chance the feds would come to our defence.
Carr says all B.C. has done thus far is announce a plan to consult its residents about whether more research is needed, and that nothing has been done that should stop the construction of the pipeline.
She previously said that Alberta could boycott B.C. beer, too. "That is simply not an option", he told the Commons.