Alberta suspends electricity purchase talks with BC

Alberta suspends electricity purchase talks with BC

"We will ensure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline gets built".

The move, announced earlier this week by B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, would effectively stymie Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion expansion project. "We are prepared to do whatever it takes".

Jason Kenney, the former federal cabinet minister who now leads Alberta's opposition United Conservative Party, said it's time to up the ante, including blocking Alberta oil exports to B.C. and putting tolls on B.C. gas flowing through Alberta to the U.S. Turning off the oil taps would be a last resort among a range of measures, but Kenney said he is proposing it to get people's attention.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's promise to suspend electricity talks with British Columbia over a pipeline dispute may not carry much weight according to energy experts.

"I would strongly encourage the British Columbia government to actually read the (National Energy Board) ruling that talks in great detail about what they claim to be concerned about - about the risk of bitumen spills", Nenshi told CTV.

While the many questions centred on the pipeline issue, Trudeau ended up fielding about 20 questions, ranging from the opioid crisis to fish farm policy to how Canadian children are taught about residential schools in classrooms.

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Notley calls the move unconstitutional and says B.C.is trying to change the rules after the pipeline has already been approved.

He reiterated his support for the project, which he said is in Canada's national interest. "If Trudeau and the Liberals continue their passive-aggressive approach to Alberta, Saskatchewan and the hundreds of thousands of jobs in the energy sector and allows B.C.to carry on this way, forcing more expensive and time-wasting litigation, then there is no goal to Confederation".

"Enough is enough. We need to get these things built". Their interaction ended with a hug.

The federal government needs to have a serious discussion with B.C. officials, said Alberta Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive Ken Kobly.

Notley adds there are also plans to take the issue to court. "(But) that simply didn't come".

Mr. Trudeau, who will be attending a number of events in Edmonton on Thursday and will be on Vancouver Island on Friday, is wading into an economic and environmental tug of war between Alberta and B.C.as he travels west. But in the meantime, and instead, the federal government can intervene. Val Litwin, president and chief executive of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday, calling on Trudeau to "defend the Constitution".

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