Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Notley skips premiers conference so she can focus on pipeline deal

Notley skips premiers conference so she can focus on pipeline deal

"We understand and respect that, so we're going to do whatever we can to make sure that we get construction resumed on schedule".

"They must think everybody was born yesterday", Notley said.

Notley says Singh's opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is premised on a lack of understanding of the economic stakes.

Kinder Morgan has given until May 31 to receive certainty on the ability for it to complete the project, for which it has federal approval, in a timely manner.

Plans to triple the capacity of Kinder Morgan's existing Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby have pitted Alberta and the federal government against B.C., which says the risk of a bitumen spill is too great for the province's environment and economy. "You are the Defendant", reads a claim filed by BC government in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench.

Later that day, the Alberta government passed Bill 12, entitled Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act.

When asked if the reference case would spell the end of the court action for his government, Horgan doubled down on the message upon which he was recently elected - that he'll do all he can to explore every court option available. "We will not hesitate".

Deputy premier Sarah Hoffman wanted the final letter from the Western Premiers' Conference in Yellowknife to express support for the Trans Mountain pipeline from every premier at the table, but that didn't happen.

She says she's tried in the past to have that conversation but so far, the federal NDP leader has declined.

Before he left for the meeting, Horgan said he didn't expect tensions over the pipeline to dominate discussions among the premiers. "In order to protect and improve the things that matter to people, like pharmacare, we need a strong, functioning national economy".

On April 8, Kinder Morgan Limited (KML) suspended all non-essential activities and related spending on its $7.4 billion oil pipeline expansion project in the face of mounting legal challenges from British Columbia.

Saskatchewan's premier says he remains "cautiously optimistic" the project will go forward, but he continues to have concerns over how the federal government is engaging with Horgan.

"A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta to British Columbia would cause British Columbia irreparable harm", the document asserts.

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