Premier Rachel Notley: Bill 12 will give Albertans more control over resources

Lloyd Doyle
May 17, 2018

"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", she stated.

Bill 12, if passed, would give Notley authority to place restrictions on pipelines as well as transport via rail or truck.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley updates reporters on the progress of the Kinder Morgan pipeline on Wednesday.

Notley has been at odds with Horgan since late January, when the BC government announced its plans to introduce legislation that, if successfully passed, would give it the power to restrict the amount of bitumen that flows to the province's shores - essentially halting the Trans Mountain Pipeline in its tracks.

Citing B.C.'s own request last month for its Court of Appeal to rule on whether regulating the Kinder Morgan pipeline on environmental grounds is constitutionally allowed, Eby argued that "the Constitution of Canada prevents any province from attempting to resolve a legal dispute by inflicting economic harm through trade sanctions".

"In the absence of such a commitment, I intend to instruct counsel to bring an action challenging its constitutional validity in the courts of Alberta", said Eby. Alberta has argued the move was unconstitutional and that it is simply defending its interests.

"We are willing to indemnify the Trans Mountain expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated", he said.

Kinder Morgan has already scaled back construction and says it wants assurances by May 31 that the project, which would triple the line's capacity, are viable.

The Alberta and federal governments have committed to backstopping the project with public dollars if that's what it takes to make sure it's completed.

The bill will be pushed through hours after Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Ottawa would back other investors interested in Trans Mountain should Kinder Morgan Inc. abandon the $7.4-billion project. Notley also responded to the comment by the Finance Minister earlier in the day when Morneau said: "the federal government is so intent on getting the pipeline built, it is even agreeable to provide indemnity to those private sector investors".

However, with saying Alberta was agreeable to what Ottawa said this morning, Notley still thinks Bill 12 will be the answer.

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