March 17th, 2018

Alberta politicians vote unanimously to back province in oil pipeline fight

By The Canadian Press on March 13, 2018.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to media before the Speech from the Throne, in Edmonton on March 8, 2018. Alberta politicians are struggling to find consensus and speak with one voice in the Trans Mountain pipeline fight with British Columbia.Politicians continued their second day of debate Tuesday without resolution on a motion to back the government???s fight for progress on the already-approved expansion of the Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to Burnaby. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Alberta politicians have passed a motion unanimously to back Premier Rachel Notley’s fight for the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The United Conservatives, Alberta Party, and Alberta Liberals joined with Notley’s NDP to back the government motion in support of the project, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Edmonton to B.C.

The final tally was 70-0, with Notley and United Conservative Opposition Leader Jason Kenney in the chamber for the vote.

However, some politicians say they still have concerns with how Notley’s government is handling the battle with B.C. and dealing with Ottawa, which has jurisdiction over inter-provincial pipelines.

Kenney says Notley should have kept a recently lifted ban on B.C. wine in place, and was late to coming around to embracing the possibility of cutting off oil to B.C. to force the issue.

Greg Clark of the Alberta Party says Notley’s government has failed to make the case to B.C. that Alberta shares its concerns and is taking action on climate change.

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