Alberta passes law that would punish BC over pipeline fight

Attorney General David Eby said B.C. will file a legal challenge to Alberta bill next week. Government of BC

"The federal finance minister is trying to use our government as an excuse, as the federal government puts taxpayer money on the line to backstop risks to private investors, while completely ignoring the risks to B.C.", he said.

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.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley updated reporters on the progress of the Kinder Morgan pipeline at a news conference in Edmonton Wednesday. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.

StarMetro has obtained a letter from B.C. Attorney-General David Eby on Wednesday to his Albertan counterpart, warning that the legislation is "beyond the powers of the Alberta Legislature" and would be a clear violation of Canada's constitution.

"Mr. Morneau appears more concerned about indemnifying a foreign corporation against risk to its investors than indemnifying British Columbia against the risk to our coast, to our environment, to tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity in B.C.", Heyman said.

He said investors need certainty in order to back a project the government has repeatedly insisted is in the national interest, but steadfastly refused to say what sort of dollar figures are now on the table.

KCR and Chandrababu's phone calls to Sonia Gandhia behind Congress JDS Alliance
As per reports, BJP leaders are seeking out the Governor to grant them a week's time to prove their majority in the house. He argued that the matter should not have been heard at this hour and it was "absolutely wrong" to do so.

Kenney, in a speech to party members earlier this month, said he will challenge Trudeau on everything from carbon taxes to equalization payments to make sure Albertans are not shortchanged.

"We see a path to an outcome that will assure that we can get the advantage that we're seeking; that's why those discussions are ongoing".

"Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia", she said.

Horgan said blaming B.C. for the pipeline impasse is focusing on the wrong target. "From day one, Horgan has known that he can not block this project and chose to play politics instead of working for the best interests of British Columbians".

Mr. Eby sidestepped questions about the potential impact on gas prices if Alberta moves to reduce those shipments, saying that his government would seek an injunction to ensure trade isn't restricted. Chamberlin is chief of the Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation.

"Discussions with Kinder Morgan continue - and we are striving to get to an agreement by the May 31 deadline".

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