Alberta Exits Climate Plan
CBJ — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced that Canada’s largest oil producing province is pulling out of the national climate plan until the federal government “gets its act together” on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
The Federal Court of Appeal overruled a decision that had stated the pipeline expansion could proceed. The primary concerns were a lack of consultation with Indigenous peoples.
In a scathing statement, Notley declared that “the time for Canadian niceties is over” and urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to recall Parliament for an emergency session to address what she called a crisis that threatens Canada’s sovereignty.
“Albertans are angry. I am angry. Alberta has done everything right and we have been let down,” says Notley.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government is dedicated to move forward with the Trans Mountain project.
“Our government remains committed to ensuring the project proceeds in a manner that protects the public interest.”
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said earlier in the day that the federal government is dedicated to move forward with the Trans Mountain project.
“Our government remains committed to ensuring the project proceeds in a manner that protects the public interest,” Morneau said.
The federal government plunked down $4.5 billion to acquire the project from Kinder Morgan, the company that eventually grew tired of waiting for the approvals process to finish and said it wanted out. If and when the project is approved, billions more will need to be spent on the new infrastructure.