The federal government says it will intervene in the B.C. provincial government’s Trans Mountain pipeline court reference action that will decide whether the province can restrict any increase in the amount of diluted bitumen that moves across its border.
“We are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and will intervene on the question in order to defend our clear jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines,” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said in a statement.
B.C. Premier John Horgan announced last month that his province’s highest court would be asked to determine if B.C. has the right to seek permits from companies that want to increase the amount of bitumen being shipped to the West Coast.
The federal government will now be in a position to make arguments and present evidence in the case.
A big blow to Kinder Morgan Protesters, especially coming from their own backyard!
Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the following statement:
“The Government of Canada will intervene in the constitutional reference question filed by the Government of British Columbia under the BC Constitutional Questions Act.
“We are confident in Parliament’s jurisdiction and will intervene on the question in order to defend our clear jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
From this morning:
Government of Canada to intervene in Trans Mountain Pipeline reference: https://t.co/HATrUzr6tn
— Justice Canada (@JusticeCanadaEN) May 3, 2018
Kinder Morgan and Pipeline the target – not environment
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has called the move another attempt by B.C. a stall tactic, as have many others.
“If bitumen was so hazardous, why would we only be looking at the incremental bitumen in the new pipeline?” she said last month. “This isn’t about the environment. This is about the new pipeline, which is well beyond [B.C.’s] authority.”
After B.C. announced it was going to the province’s highest court, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers also jumped on the bandwagon of calling it a stall tactic designed to slow down the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. – And FYI it is almost working!!
“The government of Canada now needs to exercise its constitutional authority and act in Canada’s best interests to move the project forward without further legal or political delays from the B.C. government, or risk hurting the national economy and the livelihoods of thousands of middle-class Canadians,” CAPP statement release.
I think the biggest irony is that Jody Wilson-Raybould PC QC MP is a Kwakwaka’wakw Canadian politician and the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Vancouver Granville.
Even Vancouver Liberals are falling inline with the Prime Minister and the rest of Canada on the issue.
That’s your Hot Topic Thursday