Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she would pull the province out of the federal government’s climate plan in reaction to the Federal Court of Appeal’s ruling on the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
On Friday, the Federal Court of Appeal reversed a decision of cabinet to allow the pipeline expansion to proceed. Shortly after the court ruling, Kinder Morgan shareholders approved the sale of the pipeline and other assets to the Federal Government.
“It was so obvious that the Trudeau, Notley, Kenney plan to buy the Trans Mountain Pipeline was a faulty business decision,” said Strathmore-Brooks MLA and Freedom Conservative Party (FCP) leader Derek Fildebrandt.
“For years Notley has placed the state of Alberta firmly in the hands of Trudeau, and Trudeau is just interested in being liked and being thought of as a nice guy," Fildebrandt said.
He says the pipeline process has been ‘an abject failure’.
“We’ve had all pain and no gain. We have now had a massive carbon tax imposed on Albertans and Alberta businesses. We’ve had a crushing regulation brought in on our job creating sectors. We have spent $4.8 billion with the three-partied agreement of the Trudeau, Notley and Kenney parties all with absolutely nothing to show for it so far,” said Fildebrandt.
“This pipeline needs to get built. It is needed for our economy, for jobs and frankly now potentially to keep Confederation together and there is no sign that it’s going to happen,” he said.
“The timing that was in their hands was allowing the purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to be approved by Kinder Morgan shareholders literally minutes before this decision came through,” said Fildebrandt.
“The FCP is the only party in Alberta that opposes the taxpayer purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The pipeline needs to get built, but it should get built with the ample private sector investment that was there, before Kenney, Notley and Trudeau decided to buy it,” he said.
In terms of his party, Fildebrandt says, “We are going to continue to fight against the establishment parties, which are happy to put taxpayers on the hook for a project that is now becoming very quickly un-viable in the face of a cowardly political elite that is not willing to use the police force necessary to protect private property and the rule of law.”
He says that if Premier Notley is serious about being honest with Albertans, she will join Saskatchewan and Ontario in challenging the federal government’s climate and carbon plan in court.
“She will not just refuse to raise the carbon tax from $30 to $50 a tonne she will cancel it, she’ll cancel the new regulations which put our economy in a straight jacket and she will call on the Trudeau government to return the Trans Mountain Pipeline immediately to the private sector,” said Fildebrandt.
He also called on the Premier to “Immediately indicate that they will use appropriate police force necessary to clear out illegal protesters who are squatting on private land and making a mockery of the rule of law.”
Trans Mountain Pipeline’s expansion was originally approved by the Government of Canada in November 2016. Upgrades would change the current pipeline that carries about 300,000 barrels of oil a day, into a pipeline that could carry about 892,000 barrels a day.