Notley to skip western premiers meeting today, but slams leader who's there

Pipes are seen at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton Alta.					THE CANADIAN PRESS  Jonathan Hayward

Pipes are seen at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Whereupon Notley fired up a threat to (as she put it in an April 8 posting on social media) "to impose seriously economic consequences on British Columbia if its government continues on its present course".

The dispute over Kinder Morgan's (KMI, OTCPK:KMLGF) Trans Mountain pipeline still loomed large at today's Western Premiers Conference in Yellowknife, NWT, as Alberta's representatives did not sign the communique out of the meeting because it did not include a statement of shared support of the pipeline.

Horgan's government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills.

Eby said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench challenges the constitutionality of Alberta's law because it is meant to punish B.C.

Pipeline company Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the project until it receives assurances it can proceed without delays, setting a May 31 deadline for those guarantees.

Premier John Horgan says Rachel Notley's refusal to take part hasn't kept him and other western leaders from having good discussions about national pharmacare and the legalization of marijuana.

In filing the claim, Eby said it came about after "we repeatedly called on Alberta not to move forward with blatantly unconstitutional legislation". "For Alberta, all other issues had to be subservient to that", he said.

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The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan's government.

Notley said issues such as pharmacare are important and Alberta will be represented by deputy premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.

With that deadline looming, B.C. business leaders flew to Edmonton last Thursday to show their backing for the project, which would almost triple the flow of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oilsands and increase tanker traffic sevenfold.

Oates says that with 10 days remaining before the deadline, Notley's only priority is working with the federal government and Kinder Morgan to work on a deal.

The British Columbia government has filed a lawsuit against Alberta over Bill 12, legislation passed by the government that gives it the power to restrict and redirect the flow of oil into B.C.

Mr. Horgan told reporters on Wednesday the two cases are different. "There's a distinct difference between those two things". "A significant disruption in the supply of gasoline, diesel, and crude oil from Alberta would cause B.C. irreparable harm".

But in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, B.C. argues Alberta can not punish it for that stand by cutting off domestic fuel supplies.

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