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CanadaJason Kenney cites ‘deep frustration’ as Alberta’s ‘turn off the taps’ law is proclaimed

07:15  01 may  2019
07:15  01 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney confirmed in a PostMedia op-ed Tuesday that his government proclaimed Bill 12 (or the Preserving Canada’ s Economic Prosperity Act,) the so-called “ turn off the taps ” legislation, in its first cabinet meeting. “We will never be afraid to stand up for Alberta

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney confirmed in a PostMedia op-ed Tuesday that his government proclaimed READ MORE: ‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘ turn off the taps ’ bill, won’t use it yet. However, the bill was not proclaimed or used. Kenney says while the law is now in force, it.

It's official.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney confirmed in a PostMedia op-ed Tuesday that his government proclaimed Bill 12, the so-called "turn off the taps" legislation, in its first cabinet meeting.

"We will never be afraid to stand up for Alberta," Kenney states in the op-ed, adding Albertans feel they're being "blocked and pinned" at every turn and feeling "deep frustration."

On the campaign trail, Kenney had pledged to proclaim the bill "within an hour" of taking power.

‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘turn off the taps’ bill, won’t use it yet

‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘turn off the taps’ bill, won’t use it yet "I've been clear it is not our intention to reduce shipments or turn off the tap at this time," said the Alberta premier.

In the hours following Jason Kenney ’ s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, the new premier published an op-ed in Postmedia. In it, he addressed British Columbians directly, stating his government had officially proclaimed Bill B-12 — also known as the “ turn off the taps ” legislation — into law .

READ MORE: Jason Kenney cites ‘ deep frustration ’ as Alberta ’ s ‘ turn off the taps ’ law proclaimed . Alberta took that as a direct attempt to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline, citing the B.C. NDP’s campaign promise to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the project.

Alberta's previous NDP government first passed Bill 12 — legislation to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when — last spring. However, the bill was not proclaimed or used.

Jason Kenney cites ‘deep frustration’ as Alberta’s ‘turn off the taps’ law is proclaimed© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney speaks at a rally before the election, in Sherwood Park Alta, on Monday April 15, 2019.

Kenney says while the law is now in force, it doesn't mean that it will be immediately used -- but that it can be deployed "should circumstances require."

"We did not proclaim this law to reduce energy shipments to B.C., but to have the power to protect Alberta’s ability to get full value for our resources should circumstances require," the op-ed states.

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law

John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney's comments as B.C. signals intent to fight 'turn-off-the-taps' law Alberta's Premier Jason Kenney is blaming B.C's obstruction of his province's oil and gas industry — specifically to the Trans Mountain expansion — for $1.70-per-litre gas prices in the lower mainland.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney cites ‘ deep frustration ’ as Alberta ’ s ‘ turn off the taps ’ law proclaimed . The legislation, put into law on Tuesday night by newly sworn-in Alberta premier Jason Kenney and his cabinet, would allow the Alberta government to direct truckers, pipeline companies

READ MORE: Jason Kenney cites ‘ deep frustration ’ as Alberta ’ s ‘ turn off the taps ’ law proclaimed . Watch below: Alberta and B.C. are getting ready for a showdown over what’s been dubbed “ turn off the taps ” legislation and Premier Jason Kenney ’s government has recently

Kenney goes on to note the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has been approved by the federal cabinet and National Energy Board, subject to further Indigenous consultation.

"Unfortunately, since coming into office in July 2017, the B.C. government has opposed the expansion project every step of the way, most recently in the B.C. Court of Appeal," Kenney writes.

"One province claiming to have the power to block exports from the rest of Canada would undermine one of the principles of our Confederation, the economic union between our provinces."

Kenney cites a "campaign to landlock Alberta's resources" which he claimed had resulted in pipeline project failures, high unemployment, bankruptcies and insolvencies.

"This is not sustainable, nor is it in the national interest," Kenney states.

"Alberta must have the ability, if and only for so long as needed, to control the export of its natural resources in order to maximize their value, whether through B.C. or otherwise."

B.C. takes Alberta to court on law that could see gasoline exports cut

B.C. takes Alberta to court on law that could see gasoline exports cut EDMONTON — The British Columbia government is taking Alberta to court over a law that could reduce the export of gasoline west. In a statement of claim filed in Calgary, B.C. says the law, proclaimed Tuesday by Alberta premier Jason Kenney, is unconstitutional. B.C. Premier John Horgan says he will defend his province's interests the same way Kenney will defend the interests of Alberta. The so-called turn-off-the-taps law was passed by Alberta's former NDP government as part of an effort to see the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built to the B.C. coast.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney cites ‘ deep frustration ’ as Alberta ’ s ‘ turn off the taps ’ law proclaimed . Watch below: (From April 30, 2019) In the hours following Jason Kenney ’s swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, the new premier published an op-ed in Postmedia.

‘Stay tuned’: Jason Kenney to proclaim ‘ turn off the taps ’ bill, won’t use it yet. "I've been clear it is not our intention to reduce shipments or turn off the John Horgan reacts to Jason Kenney ' s comments as B . C . signals intent to fight ' turn - off - the - taps ' law . Alberta ' s Premier Jason Kenney is

Across the Rockies, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said he didn't believe Alberta would be able to use the legislation.

"I'm not counting on the premier of Alberta taking an action that we're quite confident is an unlawful action," Heyman said.

"If they propose to do that, we'll certainly go to court to propose the principle that they can't discriminate against British Columbia on energy. "

B.C. has already tried to challenge Bill 12 as unconstitutional. However, last year a judge rejected the suit, telling the province that it could not challenge a law that was not yet in place.

Industry analysts have predicted using the law could push Metro Vancouver’s already surging gas prices above $2 per litre.

Kenney and Alberta’s new energy minister, Sonya Savage, are scheduled to discuss the proposed “turn off the taps” legislation with reporters in Edmonton at 9:30 a.m. MT on Wednesday.

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B.C.'s request for injunction against Alberta turn-off-the-taps law delayed 1 month.
B.C.'s request for an injunction against Alberta's Bill 12, which would allow the province to restrict shipments of oil and gas to B.C., has been delayed one month. B.C. Attorney General David Eby's office confirmed the hearing has been tentatively rescheduled for June 6. The hearing was originally scheduled to be held at the Calgary Courts Centre Tuesday morning. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney enacted the bill into law on April 30, shortly after he and his new cabinet were sworn in. In response, B.C. filed legal paperwork at Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench for an injunction and constitutional challenge on May 1.

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