Trans Mountain supporters hit the Hill for one-day lobbying blitz

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Seeking to put pressure on Premier John Horgan, who opposes the pipeline, Alberta passed a bill earlier this month that would allow it to turn off the oil tap to B.C.

"The government of Alberta introduced and supported the Act because it asserts B.C.is responsible for "delays" to an expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline", says the claim, filed this week in court in Alberta.

The spill comes days before a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Trudeau dispatched Morneau to negotiate a deal with Kinder Morgan in mid-April, a week after the company halted all non-essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline pending reassurances from Ottawa that opposition to the project was not going to prevent it from being completed.

Notley said she wasn't surprised by B.C.'s legal action in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

He describes the spat between BC and Alberta holding up the pipeline like a political game of tennis.

"While they are at the premiers meeting talking about how to spend that kind of money, I'll be here in Alberta talking about how we can earn that kind of money".

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The expansion would triple the amount of oil transported from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., from 300,000 barrels a day to 890,000 barrels a day.

"I'm very concerned that we are missing an opportunity here in this nation to advance our economic benefit here, not just in Saskatchewan, but in Western Canada and the nation of Canada", Moe said.

Not all British Columbians are onside with the NDP promise to stop the pipeline.

A spokesperson for Horgan's office said the B.C. premier was heading to Yellowknife focused on a national pharmacare program and on ensuring provinces retain a leadership role in any national drug plan.

Not only is the growing resistance from the local community, indigenous rights groups and local and US-based environmental groups to the pipeline, but even the financial community thinks the economics and changing energy market is stacked against it. Wal van Lierop is president and CEO of Chrysalix Venture Capital.

While the two provinces are locked in the dispute, the deadline given by Kinder Morgan-May 31-is drawing closer. 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.

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