His province is involved in a handful of court cases against the project, including two centring on Indigenous rights and one constitutional reference case about where B.C.' s jurisdiction ends.
Horgan and Moe, along with the leaders of Manitoba, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories emerged with a joint communique prioritizing key inter-provincial issues, but Alberta refused to sign because it did not contain stronger language in support of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Hoffman told reporters on Wednesday in Yellowknife she agrees with those initiatives, "but pharmacare doesn't grow on trees".
He said it would be a "political disaster" for both Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on it being built. Premier John Horgan then shelved the threat to restrict bitumen in favour of asking the courts to rule on the extent of B.C.'s powers, if any, to regulate same. They did invite me to the swearing in of their government.
As the clock ticks down to Kinder Morgan's deadline on the Trans Mountain expansion project, CIBC's economics team is warning "inaction is not an option" for Canada when it comes to pipeline development.
"I think we have a company that is very serious about this project and very serious about the risks as they perceive them with respect to starting construction of this project", he said.
Notley said she could not comment on the status of negotiations with Kinder Morgan, other than saying they are getting closer to finding a way to move forward without delay by the pipeline company's deadline.
"We are in court". But the text of Bill 12, enacted last week by the Alberta legislature, made no mention of B.C. "For Alberta, all other issues had to be subservient to that", he said.
Alberta has passed legislation allowing it to limit fuel exports to B.C., but British Columbia countered by announcing plans for a lawsuit that would declare Alberta's legislation unconstitutional.
"They're still reserving the right to play legal rope-a-dope until the cows come home", she said.
Not all British Columbians are onside with the NDP promise to stop the pipeline.
"We really want solidarity with the business community across industries and across the Rockies", he said in an earlier phone interview.
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Greater Vancouver Board of Trade CEO Iain Black, who was part of the one-day business mission to Alberta, told StarMetro if Kinder Morgan pulls the plug on Trans Mountain, it would send a awful economic signal to investors. "The decision by Kinder Morgan to suspend all non-essential spending put us into a state of concern".
Next day, Alberta energy minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd expanded on the threat on the floor of the Alberta legislature.