Notley Uses Scathing Tweet To Announce She'll Skip Premiers Meetings

James Marshall
May 26, 2018

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.

"Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C.is not settled soon, I am ready and prepared to turn off the taps".

"My time is better spent here".

Horgan said he didn't anticipate any high tension at the conference, even when Notley was still planning to be there, and that he expected the main focus of the meeting to be the development of a national pharmacare program.

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.

"Certainly Alberta made their case as they always do in a strong and passionate way, and I laid out my concerns about risk and the court cases that we are now enjoined in", he said.

Hoffman told reporters on Wednesday in Yellowknife she agrees with those initiatives, "but pharmacare doesn't grow on trees".

"There are talks of absorbing the risk of Kinder Morgan, which could put Canada, Canadians and the environment, to hold all the risk", he said. "While we have succeeded in all legal challenges to date, a company can not litigate its way to an in-service pipeline amidst jurisdictional differences between governments".

Alberta's NDP government counters that the regulation is unconstitutional, since pipelines between provinces are in federal, not provincial, jurisdiction.

Burnaby, near Vancouver, is home to Kinder Morgan's marine terminal for the pipeline and a hotbed of anti-pipeline sentiment, but Singh says the byelection did not influence his decision to oppose Trans Mountain.

"We're very close to some very important decisions that need to be made, very complex decisions with a lot of moving parts, so I need to be here". The company wants assurances it can proceed without delays by May 31.

Despite federal and provincial approvals, B.C.'s NDP government - which campaigned on using all tools available to stop the pipeline - declared no increase in oil flow would be allowed into the province until further environmental study of what happens when bitumen spills into water.

Other western premiers have started to weigh in on the matter that's dividing Canada.

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan have supported the pipeline project against British Columbia's objections, but Mr. Pallister said the western provinces need to focus on obstacles to free trade - both global and interprovincial.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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