BC Sues Alberta Over 'Turn-Off-Fuel-Tap' Legislation

Chad Hipolito  CANADIAN PRESS                       Attorney General David Eby looks on during a press conference at legislature in Victoria

Chad Hipolito CANADIAN PRESS Attorney General David Eby looks on during a press conference at legislature in Victoria

The B.C. government is challenging the constitutionality of an Alberta bill that, if passed, could allow that province to restrict the export of refined oil into this province.

The statement of claim says Alberta's law is unconstitutional because it is meant to punish B.C.by limiting exports of fuel products.

There matters stood until April 8, when Kinder Morgan, owner of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, put further work on the expansion project on hold.

"It would be surreal and exceptionally tone deaf for anyone to think we could politely discuss pharmacare and cannabis when one of the players is hard at work trying to choke the economic lifeblood of the province and the country", the Alberta premier wrote.

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Eby said the Alberta and the federal government are causing delays by refusing to accept B.C.'s invitations to join legal cases, or take legal arguments straight to the Supreme Court of Canada where the outcomes are final.

But in recent months, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have had public spats over the future of the pipeline, even throwing in trade threats at one point.

Premier Notley initially praised the Horgan move as a step in the right direction ("stepping back from the brink and abiding by the law") and suspended her wine boycott.

Trudeau said Canada loses $15 billion a year because oil can not be exported anywhere but the United States, adding that the pipeline expansion opens up the option of exporting to Asian markets.

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"We're going to be introducing legislation shortly which will inflict pain on British Columbia", she said in part.

The expansion would triple the amount of oil transported from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000 barrels a day. "While the pipeline is a big issue, it's not the only issue", Ms. Holmwood said. "Nonetheless, what I would suggest is it's probably premature, although we appreciate them sharing their arguments with us in advance".

"A significant percentage of the gasoline and diesel consumed in British Columbia is imported from Alberta refineries, either by pipeline, train or tanker truck", the B.C. statement of claim concedes.

A spokesperson for Horgan's office said the B.C. premier was heading to Yellowknife focused on a national pharmacare program and on ensuring provinces retain a leadership role in any national drug plan.

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

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