Alberta Intervening in B.C’s Attempt To Restrict Transportation of Heavy Oil

The Government of Alberta is looking to stop British Columbia’s appeal to restrict the transportation of Alberta oil.

The province has filed a Notice of Intervention which will allow the GoA to make their case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The B.C. court of appeal unanimously ruled in May the B.C. government didn’t have the authority to impose this type of legislation. They filed an appeal to Canada’s highest court in June.

“The B.C. Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision was clear. B.C. does not have constitutional authority to block cross-provincial projects in the national interest,” said Premier Jason Kenney, in a release.

“It’s time that B.C. recognizes the clear and constitutionally sound jurisdiction of the federal government and ends its efforts to block Alberta’s resources from getting to market.”

Though B.C.’s appeal never singled out the Trans Mountain pipeline, many believe this was an attempt to stop the expansion project from moving forward.

“The actions of the British Columbia government not only target Alberta’s economy by landlocking our energy resources, they undermine our recent attempts towards cooperative federalism and free trade within Canada,” added Kenney.

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