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B.C. Premier John Horgan says it could be a “different discussion” on the Trans Mountain pipeline if the plan was to refine the bitumen in British Columbia fairly than ship the uncooked product to Asian markets. Speaking from Yellowknife following the Western Premiers’ conferences, Horgan stated he doesn’t discover “it puzzling at all,” his place of difficult Alberta’s shut-off-the-taps laws whereas additionally shifting to limit the circulation of bitumen via B.C.
“The existing pipeline provides refined products for consumption in British Columbia and one that has been going on for a long time and would be subject to existing trade agreements between provinces,” stated Horgan. “With respect to the twinning if there was product coming to the Lower Mainland and it wasn’t just focused on export then we might have a different discussion but that is not my understanding of what the plan is.”
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The Western Premiers’ assembly was speculated to give attention to Pharmacare and hashish, however as a substitute, the continued pipeline dispute was on the centre of all conversations. Kinder Morgan has set a May 31 deadline to have assurances from the federal authorities that the $7.4-billion venture can proceed even with out British Columbia’s assist.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pulled out of the conferences on the final minute to remain in Alberta and give attention to getting the pipeline constructed, sending deputy premier Sarah Hoffman as a substitute. Horgan was requested about whether or not the pressure of the connection between B.C. and Alberta is having an impact on his decision-making.
“The tone between the two of us is strained without any doubt. But this isn’t personal to me and it shouldn’t be. It’s about my responsibility that we should do our level best to protect our economy and our environment,” stated Horgan. “I have tried to be as crystal clear on all of this as I could be and I am sure that is how the Albertans feel about this as well.”
Notley and Horgan labored collectively for the B.C. authorities within the 1990s. A spokesperson for Notley stated the pair are “not close friends and never were.” The two NDP premiers have solely spoken twice for the reason that spat over the Trans Mountain pipeline began in January, together with one face-to-face assembly final month in Ottawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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There can also be a relentless concern from the B.C. authorities over an absence of assist from Indigenous communities. The Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion has a listing of 53 First Nations in B.C. that oppose the Trans Mountain venture, whereas 33 have signed venture profit agreements in return for assist of the venture.
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“I reminded the premiers and Alberta that it’s not about John Horgan, it’s not about the government, the issues at play are largely Indigenous questions and there is also the risk that British Columbia inherits with all the benefits going elsewhere,” stated Horgan. “That risk needs to be taken into consideration and hasn’t been adequately. Alberta has their position and I respect that, but no one else pressured me to do anything.”
Following the Western Premiers’ assembly, all of the provinces besides Alberta signed off on a joint communique. Alberta wished all premiers to conform to a joint assertion in assist of pipelines.
“When we came here, everyone in Alberta knows that it is nine days until the deadline for Trans Mountains and this is the item of most importance to Alberta and arguably to all of Canada,” stated Alberta deputy premier Sarah Hoffman. “We had one key issue to discuss and we did not get consensus on that.”
“While I love PharamaCare, while I love the work we are doing to ensure our streets are safe with the legalization of cannabis, all of that costs money. The one way to ensure we have that money is to move forward with the pipeline.”
Greenpeace Canada, a powerful opponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline, has issues about Alberta tying oil revenues to health-care and social applications.
“PharmaCare shouldn’t be a bargaining chip in the pipeline debate,” stated Greenpeace Canada spokesperson Mike Hudema. “If the Alberta government is worried about revenue, maybe they should look at bringing their tax regime in line with the rest of the country and stop relying on a volatile source of revenue like oil.”
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