Federal Liberals nervous as BC political shake-up tests pipeline approval


Federal Liberals nervous as BC political shake-up tests pipeline approval

Notley says she doesn't believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the Kinder Morgan (TSX: KML) project.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion will proceed despite new political pressures from B.C., Alberta Premier Rachel Notley insisted on Tuesday.

On Monday, the B.C. NDP and the B.C. Greens announced a historic deal in which the two parties would join together to share power, paving the way to oust Christy Clark and the Liberals, and for B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan to become premier.

"There may be debate, but at the end of the day we're quite confident in our position".

The Alberta premier - who is a former colleague of Horgan's - also reminded anyone listening that the pipeline was approved previous year by both the National Energy Board and the federal government, adding that individual provinces "do not have the right to unilaterally stop projects such as Trans Mountain that have earned the federal government's approval".

"There's some discussion of whether they'll demand an entirely new environmental assessment process, that they will delay permits along the pipeline route, that they will launch their own court action", said Duane Bratt, a political scientist with Mount Royal University.

"It's important to note that provinces do not have the right to unilaterally stop projects such as Trans Mountain that have earned the federal government's approval".

"The province of B.C. can't grow exclusively on the basis of escalating housing prices in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland", said Notley. "They need stronger economic growth and the reality is that in Interior B.C., they need the jobs that this pipeline will provide".

Notley says Edmonton is growing rapidly but a new hospital has not been built in the capital city for over a generation.

Notley reiterated her commitment to the project.

"Regardless of a change in government in B.C. or anywhere, the facts and the evidence do not change", said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.