VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Business, Indigenous and labour leaders from BC are off to Alberta today to show their support for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline project.
The idea is to tell their counterparts and politicians in Edmonton that the silent majority believes the expansion is in the country’s best interest.
Iain Black with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade says the purpose of the trip is clear.
“Our objective is to send a message of solidarity with our fellow Canadians and the province of Alberta that they have tremendous support for the energy sector here in BC.”
He believes the federal government should stand firm in its push for the pipeline.
“There is a very real concern that the international business community, who is investing in things well beyond the energy sector — things like agrifoods, like high-tech, like manufacturing, like a film business — that they are getting a signal that Canada is not a reliable place in which to invest because the rules change after you’ve made an investment decision,” he argues.
And he says that should worry every Canadian.
Yesterday, the Alberta government passed Bill 12, which gives it the power to cut off oil supply to BC. The bill still requires Royal Assent. That province’s premier says her government is prepared to do that, bu there’s no word when it could happen.
BC Premier John Horgan had said if the bill was approved, his government would sue.
Horgan has accused the federal government of unecessarily putting taxpayers’ money at risk by offering financial protection for Kinder Morgan’s investors in the Trans Mountain dispute.
He says he is trying to protect the province’s interests by joining legal cases over the project and looking to the courts to determine whether BC has the right to preserve its government a permitting system for hazardous substances that are transported inside its borders.