Alberta pipeline task force holds first meeting

Alberta pipeline task force holds first meeting

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 that Alberta will boycott all wine from British Columbia in response to the B.C. government’s delay of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

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A task force established to figure out Alberta’s next retaliatory steps against British Columbia will hold its first meeting in Edmonton Wednesday afternoon. 

The group, formed by Premier Rachel Notley, will work closely with business, labour and community leaders to provide the premier and her cabinet with advice to further defend Albertans.

The 19-member panel includes former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna, former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, former Syncrude Canada president Jim Carter and noted legal scholar Peter Hogg.

When she announced the task force last week, Notley said the group will ensure Alberta’s response gets the attention of Ottawa and B.C.

Task force members

Ministers and staff: Rachel Notley, Deron Bilous (economic development and trade minister), Margaret McCuaig-Boyd (energy minister), Shannon Phillips (environment minister) and Nathan Rotman (premier’s chief of staff). 

Deputy ministers: Marcia Nelson (executive council deputy minister), Ray Gilmour (executive council associate deputy minister), Phil Bryden (justice deputy minister), Jason Krips (economic development and trade deputy minister), Eric Denhoff (Alberta climate change office deputy minister) and Corey Hogan (communication and public engagement deputy minister). 

Non-government members: Frank McKenna (TD Bank Group, former New Brunswick premier), Anne McLellan (former deputy prime minister and minister of natural resources), Jim Carter (ATB Financial and former Syncrude president), Peter Hogg (Blakes scholar in residence), Peter Tertzakian (Arc Financial), Trevor Tombe (University of Calgary economist), Ginny Flood (Suncor) and Janet Annesley (Husky). 

Latest steps in pipeline feud

On Tuesday, the provincial government unveiled a website for Albertans to drill home across Canada the importance of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, called Keep Canada Working. 

The premier has given B.C. and Ottawa a matter of days to figure out the ongoing spat, or face more economic consequences from Alberta.

The battle kicked off late last month, when B.C. Premier John Horgan said his province would restrict increases in bitumen shipments from Alberta until more spill response studies are conducted.

The problem is, provinces don’t have the authority to regulate what goes through pipelines — that’s in the federal government’s court. 

Notley blasted Horgan’s move as unconstitutional, and in retaliation last week launched a B.C. wine boycott.

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