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Alberta bill sets stage for turning off fuel taps to B.C.

Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley held a news conference Wednesday, before the provincial legislature voted to pass Bill 12, which gives her government the ability to choke off fuel shipments to British Columbia.

From CBC.ca (“Alberta passes bill ‘to turn off the taps’ to B.C. over pipeline delays“):

“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,” she said.

Vancouver drivers are currently paying about $1.57 per litre for gasoline, and blocking shipments could push prices even higher, putting political pressure on B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Asked when she planned to take action, Notley declined to reveal details.

“With the greatest of respect, I’m not going to spell out the exact schedule and the exact steps,” she said.

B.C. to mount legal challenge

In response, B.C. Attorney General David Eby sent a letter to Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley Wednesday urging the government to hold off proclaiming Bill 12 until a judge can determine its constitutionality.

“In the absence of such a commitment, I intend to instruct counsel to bring an action challenging its constitutional validity in the courts of Alberta,” Eby wrote.

Kinder-Morgan, the Texas-based company aiming to build the $7.4-billion pipeline from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C., has set a deadline of May 31 to get all the political roadblocks removed from the project.

B.C.’s NDP Premier John Horgan has said he will use every tool in the toolbox to see that the pipeline doesn’t go ahead.

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