Horgan says court is the best place for pipeline debate with Alberta

BC premier says the province will test its jurisdiction on environmental and economic grounds.

March 14, 2018   by CP STAFF

VICTORIA — The best route for the ongoing Trans Mountain expansion pipeline dispute with Alberta is through the courts, says BC Premier John Horgan.

BC will stick to its legal plan to test its jurisdiction on environmental and economic grounds, he said.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week her government will not stand for further delays on a project that is vital to her province and the rest of Canada. She promised to cut oil and gas exports if BC delays the pipeline.

“Ms. Notley can take care of business in Alberta to the extent that she believes she has to take on British Columbians,” said Horgan. “That’s her right. I would prefer to see people coming together. I would prefer that our federation was a co-operative one, a consensus driven operation, not a subservience federation.”


BC retained lawyer Joseph Arvay this week to prepare a reference case in the courts to test the province’s right to protect its land, coast and waters.

“I’m going to focus on the issues that matter to British Columbians, and they are within my jurisdiction,” Horgan said. “I’m testing the jurisdiction of one of those issues right now through the courts.”