Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is stepping up her government's pro-pipeline push with a new ad campaign targeting British Columbians, backed by her belief that a growing number of people understand the need for the Trans Mountain expansion. "Now is not the time to take the foot off the pedal".
The expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing multimillion-dollar discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.
"It also demonstrates a tremendous level of inward-attention", Ms. Notley added.
"We will not stand on the sidelines in the battle for the hearts and minds of Canadians", she told reporters. "If B.C. attains the right to throttle our resources, every other province will be given that same right.B.C. should be, quite frankly, careful what it asks for".
Wilson-Raybould said Ottawa's view will prevail. She said the government would "defend our clear jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines".
Trudeau said the pipeline was approved by his government in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and only in concert with the Liberal climate change and oceans protection plan.
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The government of B.C. Premier John Horgan sees the reference case as a chance to "affirm its right to protect B.C. from the threat of a diluted bitumen spill". Documents uncovered by National Observer have led to a motion filed by lawyers for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in that case, arguing that the government has been sitting on evidence.
The uncertainty created by BC's actions has already caused Kinder Morgan to suspend all non-essential spending on the project and set a May 31 deadline for a decision on if the project will ultimately go forward. Opposition United Conservative house leader Jason Nixon said his caucus is fighting to keep the bill on the floor to get it passed sooner.
Ms. Notley also slammed Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for his remarks earlier this week suggesting the oil and gas sector represents just a "tiny" part of the Canadian economy.
Alberta Premier Rachel notley on Parliament Hill on April 15, 2018.
"Ottawa is in very serious and determined discussions with Alberta, and with Kinder Morgan", Ms. Notley said, declining any further comment on the state of the talks.
"We've been trying to pass Bill 12 for a couple of weeks", said Nixon.