Alberta launches petition as dispute with BC over Trans Mountain Pipeline continues

Feb 14 2018, 3:19 am

On the same day the BC government is scheduled to deliver its throne speech, Alberta has released what it says is a series of “online tools to encourage Canadians to share their views about actions taken by the BC government to block the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”

Those tools, the government says, can be found on its website under the heading Keep Canada Working.

It adds that those who visit the website can:

  • Get facts about the pipeline and learn how they can get involved in the discussion.
  • Sign a petition asking the government of Premier John Horgan to honour the rules of confederation and to stop acting outside the rule of law. All responses will be sent to him.
  • Email their member of Parliament and, if they live in British Columbia, their MLA.
  • Show their support through various social media channels.

Alberta also says an advertising campaign in the province as well as in BC “will make people aware of the website” and invite them to share their views.

“This fight, it isn’t something any one government can do alone,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. “We need all of us working together to make sure the BC government fully understands why this pipeline matters, why good jobs matter and why the rules of our country matter.”

The launch of the website comes after the Alberta government announced it would be boycotting BC wines in the province over the issue.

Last week, BC Premier John Horgan said he would not be “distracted” by the antics of the Alberta government regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline issue.

“We’ve chosen to talk to British Columbians about how we can protect BC’s interests,” he said.

Asked about Notley’s claim that he was breaking the rules of the constitution, Horgan said he disagreed with that assessment.

Kinder Morgan is currently in court with respect to a pipeline and “until we get a resolution that is an open question,” said Horgan.

The court case, he furthered, “focuses on what we believe was a lack of due attention by the National Energy Board to the interests of British Columbia in making their determination.”

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