Alberta premier withdraws support for federal climate plan

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Notley is only defending Kinder Morgan so she doesn't suffer a humiliating loss in the 2019 provincial election, her plan to pull out of the federal climate change plan isn't enough to bring back Pipeline jobs, it's probably the best time to kick Albertas Carbon Tax out the window.

On Thursday, the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Kinder Morgan and the Trudeau administration had not adequately consulted with the First Nations tribes whose land the pipeline is set to pass through-moments before the $4.5 billion sale was approved by Kinder Morgan's shareholders.

She has trouble understanding the lengthy appeals and court challenges that have dogged the project for nearly two years, calling them a waste of resources.

Liberals remain committed to finding a collaborative way forward with the provinces to tackle environmental issues, said LeBlanc, but they are not flexible on one thing: only major energy projects with proper reviews and environmental protections in place will go forward.

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The panel of three judges cited lack of consultation with Indigenous groups and that the regulator, the National Energy Board, failed to address the impact on marine traffic.

Notley said she wants to see concrete legislative change to get the the pipeline project moving again before she considers rejoining the federal climate change plan.

The pipeline would allow Canada to diversify oil markets and vastly increase exports to Asia, where it could command a higher price. Jason Kenney, United Conservative party leader and front-runner in opinion polls at the moment, has vowed to scrap the province's carbon tax and join Saskatchewan and Ontario in a legal challenge to the federal climate plan.

In its ruling, the court specifically proposed some remedies that it said could be implemented relatively quickly without having to redo the entire approval process. Canada has the world's third largest oil reserves, but 99 percent of its exports now go to refiners in the USA, where limits on pipeline and refinery capacity mean Canadian oil sells at a discount.

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The court also suggested that the government engage in a "specific and focused" dialogue with affected Indigenous groups about their concerns, which could be "brief and efficient" while still being meaningful and result in only "a short delay". Consequently, he said Notley's decision to withdraw from the federal climate change plan is counterproductive.

He said the ruling underscores the reality that pipelines will not be built in this country unless they include environmental protection and Indigenous consultation. "But we also understand that abandoning a plan to tackle pollution is not the right approach to build a pipeline".

The numbers are part of the government's first-quarter budget update.

The prime minister added that he spoke with Notley Thursday and knows she is "firm" in her support of balancing economic growth with protecting the environment. Those jurisdictions without a suitable plan will have a carbon tax imposed on them, with feds promising to return revenue directly to residents.

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