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CanadaJason Kenney says he’d prefer BC’s co-operation, but will ‘turn off the taps’ if necessary

00:26  02 may  2019
00:26  02 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Swearing in: Jason Kenney's United Conservatives take over Alberta government

Swearing in: Jason Kenney's United Conservatives take over Alberta government EDMONTON — Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party are to officially take control of Alberta's government today. Kenney is to become Alberta's 18th premier and his cabinet members are to be sworn in during a ceremony at Government House in Edmonton. They are expected to get right to work with their first meeting immediately after. It will be the formal end of the four-year NDP government under Premier Rachel Notley. Kenney's UCP defeated the New Democrats in the provincial election April 16 when the party won 63 seats to the NDP's 24.

After proclaiming Bill 12, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he would prefer to work with B . C . to Kenney said he would prefer to work in co - operation When asked if there are plans to compensate oil companies if he turns off the taps , Kenney said he would consider the issue if the law is actually

READ MORE: Jason Kenney says he ’ d prefer BC ’ s co - operation , but will ‘ turn off the taps ’ if necessary . As promised, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has put into law the bill crafted by the previous NDP government that is designed to " turn off the taps " to B . C . if needed.

Jason Kenney says he’d prefer BC’s co-operation, but will ‘turn off the taps’ if necessary© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Energy Sonya Savage discuss preserving Canada's economic prosperity act, which enables Alberta to restrict energy exports, during a press conference, in Edmonton on Wednesday May 1, 2019.

As promised, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has put into law the bill crafted by the previous NDP government that is designed to "turn off the taps" to B.C. if needed.

Bill 12, or the Preserving Canada's Economic Prosperity Act, would allow the government to direct truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators on how much product could be shipped and when.

‘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.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney says he ’ d prefer BC ’ s co - operation , but will ‘ turn off the taps ’ if necessary . “Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit.

Kenney says he will turn off the oil taps to B . C . if the province keeps obstructing Alberta' s energy Shortly after Kenney ' s comments , lawyers for B . C . filed legal paperwork signaling plans to fight But Kenney says the high prices are Horgan ' s fault. He stood beside his new energy minister.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney cites ‘deep frustration’ as Alberta’s ‘turn off the taps’ law proclaimed

"Albertans are rightly feeling deep frustration: a sense that we've contributed massively to the rest of Canada, but are being blocked and pinned down at every turn," Premier Jason Kenney said in a news conference Wednesday, citing Alberta's role as a "have" province when it comes to transfer payments.

"We're proud to have helped our fellow Canadians when times were tough — but now it's Albertans who are going through a time of trial."

Kenney said he would prefer to work in co-operation with the rest of the provinces to "move out of this period of adversity," but if need be, the Alberta government will do whatever is necessary "to preserve the value of our resources and to stand up for our workers."

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

Jason Kenney cites ‘deep frustration’ as Alberta’s ‘turn off the taps’ law is proclaimed "We will never be afraid to stand up for Alberta," Kenney states in an editorial announcing the move.

Alberta’ s new premier, Jason Kenney , said on Tuesday that he wouldn’t slow energy resources to British Columbia immediately, but did double down Kenney wasn’t totally transparent in his response to media questions about using the measure, saying he ’ d keep his commitment to proclaim the piece

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney says if he wins the election, he would enact into law the NDP' s turn - off - the - taps legislation at his first cabinet meeting. Kenney made the announcement in front of hundreds of supporters at a Medicine Hat rally on Monday. VOTE COMPASS | Find out how

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If used, the province said the legislation would require any company exporting petroleum products from Alberta to acquire a licence to do so, and would impose fines for contravening the act. Violators would face penalties of up to $1 million a day for individuals and $10 million a day for corporations, the government said Tuesday.

When asked if there are plans to compensate oil companies if he turns off the taps, Kenney said he would consider the issue if the law is actually enforced.

Official Opposition Leader Rachel Notley said Kenney's decision to put Bill 12 into law is a mistake.

"By proclaiming Bill 12 now, Premier Kenney has effectively removed the legislation from the protective fence in which it had been shielded and he has now made it vulnerable to legal challenges that could render it useless for a very long period of time," Notley said.

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.

‘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 B . C . takes Alberta to court on law that could see gasoline exports Jason Kenney says he ’ d prefer BC ’ s co - operation , but will ‘ turn off the taps ’

Jason Kenney cites ‘deep frustration’ as Alberta’ s ‘ turn off the taps ’ law is proclaimed. "We will never be afraid to stand up for Alberta," Kenney states in After proclaiming Bill 12, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he would prefer to work with B . C . to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded, but he

"He has literally taken what could be perceived by some as a weapon and blown it up on the launch pad."

Notley compared Kenney to a gunslinger who waves his gun around after intentionally taking the bullets out.

The former premier said there "is a good argument to be made" against the bill in court, although Notley said she does not know if it will be successful.

"We worked very carefully when we crafted Bill 12 and that the government of Alberta - now of course represented by Mr. Kenney - has the authority to do what Bill 12 says it's going to do, but we also know it is something the courts are going to look at and they will take some time to consider," Notley said.

"We also know when B.C. tried to take it before the courts, they couldn't because it wasn't proclaimed yet, now they will be doing that."

Notley said as soon as that happens, B.C. will be able to get an injunction immediately.

READ MORE: Premier Kenney urges Senate committee to scrap oil tanker ban Bill C-48

Kenney said proclaiming the law shows Canada that Alberta is serious, saying the government doesn't plan to act upon Bill 12 immediately — instead, proclaiming it gives the province the power to turn off the flow of oil and gas to B.C. if needed.

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.

Jason Kenney says he ’ d prefer BC ’ s co - operation , but will ‘ turn off the . Kenney would use turn - off - the - taps legislation against B . C . “Unless John Horgan ends his unconstitutional fight against Alberta energy exports “Within an hour of being sworn in, we will hold a cabinet meeting, and

Premier Jason Kenney ' s plans to balance Alberta' s budget within three years won't come without some tough choices, and it' s not going to solve the province' s future fiscal frustrations, according to University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe. The newly-sworn-in premier said Wednesday he was putting

"What Premier [John] Horgan must know, is that Albertans are absolutely united behind building the pipeline," he said Wednesday.

"Our government wants to co-operate with British Columbia. To that end, I spoke with Premier Horgan last night and indicated I hope we'll have a chance to meet in the near future to discuss these issues at length."

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.

READ MORE: B.C. downplays tourism fears amid pipeline spat with Alberta, businesses call for cooler heads

Kenney said the western province is in the midst of a "gasoline crisis," adding B.C stands to benefit from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The existing pipeline has carried crude oil, refined and semi-refined products to the Lower Mainland since 1953.

"Just as the Trans Mountain pipeline has benefited all Canadians, but British Columbians more than most — opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline hurts all Canadians, but British Columbians more than most."

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

READ MORE: Trans Mountain pipeline still top priority for feds despite deadline extension: transport minister

Kenney he also talked about a campaign to landlock Alberta's resources, which he claimed has resulted in pipeline project failures, high unemployment, bankruptcies and insolvencies.

Diluted bitumen accounts for the majority of Alberta's oil exports, the province said. In 2017, Alberta produced 1.6 million barrels a day of diluted bitumen and a further one million barrels a day of synthetic crude oil refined from oil sands production.

— With files from Simon Little, Global News

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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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