Pipeline decision too close to chastise BC at western premiers meeting: Notley

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"We had one key issue of importance that we were here to discuss; unfortunately we didn't get consensus on that item", said Hoffman.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he now opposes expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline - but he insists it has nothing to do with the fact a House of Commons seat is opening up in a riding where supporting the pipeline could hurt his chances.

Kinder Morgan has given until May 31 to receive certainty on the ability for it to complete the project, for which it has federal approval, in a timely manner. "They've made some decisions, and we're going to inflict pain on those economic decisions so they understand what they've done". The wealthier, more populated and oil-rich province of Alberta is leading the charge against B.C., with Saskatchewan cast in a supporting role.

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The simmering battle between British Columbia and Alberta heated up again on Tuesday as B.C. filed a statement of claim in Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench.

It's a powerful argument, relying as it does on the words of Alberta politicians themselves about their intentions in crafting Bill 12. "If Alberta did take the remarkable step of attempting to use this law, we are prepared to immediately file and injunction".

Alberta has declined to sign an official communique from the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife over the lack of support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plans.

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Before he left for the meeting, Horgan said he didn't expect tensions over the pipeline to dominate discussions among the premiers.

Hoffman told reporters on Wednesday in Yellowknife she agrees with those initiatives, "but pharmacare doesn't grow on trees". "In order to protect and improve the things that matter to people, like pharmacare, we need a strong, functioning national economy".

The company behind the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Kinder Morgan, has stopped all non-essential spending on the expansion until it is assured the project can proceed without delay.

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Saskatchewan's premier says he remains "cautiously optimistic" the project will go forward, but he continues to have concerns over how the federal government is engaging with Horgan. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has offered an indemnity to backstop the pipeline project. "In addition to economic harm, a sudden disruption in supply could injure human health and safety in remote communities".

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