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Alberta to suspend electricity purchase talks with BC: Notley

Alberta to suspend electricity purchase talks with BC: Notley

"I'm not going to opine on disagreements between the provinces in this case", Trudeau, who was in Edmonton for a town hall meeting at MacEwan University, part of a series of meetings in Western Canada, was reported to state.

Horgan said he's spoken with both Trudeau and Notley in recent days to reiterate his government's position that expanding the pipeline would pose a significant threat to B.C.'s economy and environment.

"That pipeline is going to get built", Trudeau said. "It is something many people feel very strongly about on either side, but that is the nature of the compromise we had to make in the best interests of Canada".

The move has infuriated Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who has accused B.C. of trying to change the rules after the federal government already gave the project the green light.

Clearly, B.C. should not be forced to risk our coast's ecological health and the economic foundations of our employment-intensive coastal industries, such as fishing, shellfish production, real estate and tourism in its many forms, for a sunset industry in Alberta that is losing jobs to automation anyway.

"We know that getting our oil resources to new markets across the Pacific is absolutely essential", Trudeau said.

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In a move tantamount to an attempt to obstruct a $5 million project to expand Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta, British Columbia announced potential new oil shipment rules on January 30.

"There's nothing to take to court", Horgan said.

Iveson said Trudeau told him that the federal government will do everything it needs to do to ensure pipeline approvals are not undermined.

Earlier in the day Trudeau was making no apologies for his government's support of Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion from Alberta to the British Columbia coast. "It came through the existing Trans Mountain pipeline". "We are consulting with the people of B.C. It's way too premature to talk about those sorts of issues". "We will also protect the B.C. coast", he said, his voice nearly drowned out by jeering. In the meantime, she hopes the federal government will intervene.

"That's what they have announced - an intention to consult".

Notley cited interprovincial trade in electricity as one of the possible lines of pursuit.