Eby questioned why Alberta would take the time draft a law knowing that B.C. would challenge it, instead of referring the matter to a provincial or federal judge, as his government did.
The lawsuit claims the legislation is unconstitutional because it violates section 121, which allows: "All articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces".
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".
She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.
VANCOUVER/WINNIPEG, Manitoba, May 28 (Reuters) - As a hard deadline set by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd for scrapping a key pipeline expansion looms, there is growing doubt among investors, contractors and government officials about reaching a deal to save the C$7.4 billion ($5.7 billion) project.
"The Government of Alberta introduced and supported the Act because it asserts British Columbia is responsible for "delays" to an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which transports petroleum products from Edmonton to Kamloops, Burnaby, and Washington". 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.
"They can certainly go at lightning speed if the government wants to step on the gas", he said.
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"They're still reserving the right to play legal rope-a-dope until the cows come home", she said.
But the text of Bill 12, enacted last week by the Alberta legislature, made no mention of B.C.
Before he left for the meeting, Horgan said he didn't expect tensions over the pipeline to dominate discussions among the premiers.
She is calling on the federal Liberal government to get the project to move forward.
The Alberta government has been putting pressure on BC for the past few months, instituting a boycott on BC wines, raising pro-pipeline billboards in BC, and, most recently, passing legislation that would cut off BC's supply of Alberta oil.
Kinder Morgan has given until May 31 to receive certainty on the ability for it to complete the project, for which it has federal approval, in a timely manner. "In addition to economic harm, a sudden disruption in supply could injure human health and safety in remote communities".