BC government launching court case on legality of proposed bitumen ban

BC government launching court case on legality of proposed bitumen ban”

The war of words has escalated into an interprovincial trade spat that has seen Alberta boycott B.C. wines and call on the federal government to step in and resolve the matter.

I wrote the same thing to Premier Rachel Notley some time ago and her reply indicated that Alberta already has considerably more refinery capacity than I realized. The pipeline expansion would triple the amount of bitumen transported from Alberta to tidewater in Burnaby, B.C.

The leader of the opposition says if he were premier, he would have taken retaliatory measures even further.

Canadians are split on whether Alberta or right in the ongoing Trans Mountain dispute, according to a poll released Thursday.

They also remind Alberta's neighbours that what goes through pipelines is a federal responsibility - it's not up to their provincial government.

On Thursday, Horgan reiterated that he thinks B.C. does have that authority, but will ask the courts for a ruling to settle the question.

The Institute said that they are now working with legal counsel to determine their path forward, but they are "thrilled that Alberta consumers one again have the choice to purchase and enjoy B.C. wines, as they have long done". "And we are prepared to confirm that right in the courts".

The wine institute notes the ban, which has been in place since February 6, is "severely harming" B.C. wineries and grape growers, many of which are small, family-owned operations.

Horgan says not backing down but is hoping cooler heads will prevail.

"Every little bit helps, but I'm not sure that's going to get us to where we need to be as quickly as we need to", Prodan said, but the industry is still hopeful for a speedier reversal of the boycott by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

For now, the flow of B.C. wine to this province continues freely, and there's little danger our supplies will ever dry up completely.

But the B.C. government will wait for a court ruling before moving ahead on the most contentious measure - a proposed restriction on any increased volumes of diluted bitumen through rail or pipeline, until a special scientific panel could complete a study to fill in knowledge gaps about spill risks and mitigation - a process expected to take a couple of years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has too much on his plate, with other pressing matters to attend to like his trip to India for world trade. "Actions that threaten an entire industry and the livelihoods of the people who depend on it". Earlier this month, federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in the House of Commons that Ottawa won't let B.C. "stall or stop" the project. "We hope that they do".

"I'm confident that the courts will not give B.C. rights it does not possess under our Constitution", she said.

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