Singh says No to Trans Mountain, maybe to running in BC byelection

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He was hoping to kickstart a conversation about how the federal government can be more engaged in the file while meeting with Western premiers, and he said Wednesday "I hope we have" done so.

"Pharmacare does not grow on trees", Notley said.

The statement of claim says the legislation goes against three sections of the Constitution and denied the B.C. government was responsible for "delays" to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, which it said Alberta was punishing B.C. for.

He's aware that B.C. and Alberta don't agree on the expansion project, the official said. The company has set May 31 as a deadline for getting those guarantees.

"It's a very divisive and important issue", said Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

Notley has argued that the lack of a pipeline is taking $40 million a day out of the Canadian economy.

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The indemnity announcement eased Alberta's credit risk by alleviating some of the project's financial concerns, Moody's wrote in an investor report, but "significant uncertainties remain". Premier John Horgan then shelved the threat to restrict bitumen in favour of asking the courts to rule on the extent of B.C.'s powers, if any, to regulate same.

She and other Alberta ministers made similar statements when Bill 12 was introduced, debated and passed, leaving no doubt that "its goal was to authorize the government of Alberta to reduce supplies of crude oil, natural gas and refined fuels to cause economic harm to British Columbians in order to punish and put pressure on B.C".

Drawing on those and other public pronouncements by B.C. Greens and New Democrats, one could readily conclude that the B.C. reference case, no less than Alberta Bill 12, was also motivated by politics. "On one hand, they don't want our oil, and on the other hand, they are suing us to give them our oil", she said.

The company behind the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan, has stopped all non-essential spending on the expansion until it is assured the project can proceed without delay.

Mr. Horgan told reporters on Wednesday the two cases are different.

Alberta sees the federally approved pipeline, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta's oilsands to the British Columbia coast, as key to unlocking lucrative overseas markets. 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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