The pipeline carries oil and petroleum products from Alberta to the coast, and supporters argue expanding it is necessary to get Canadian oil to worldwide markets.
"The prime minister called me back to Ottawa (last month) and said we were going to do something, and I said, 'Fair enough, do what you like, ' and today I guess we're getting the first step of that", said Horgan. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green Party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project. The company said it would consult with stakeholders before May 31 in hopes of protecting shareholders and gaining clarity on its ability to construct the pipeline through B.C. We think it's not in B.C.'s interest.
"We see a path to an outcome that will assure that we can get the advantage that we're seeking", Morneau said.
Horgan fails to realize that the B.C. government employees' pension fund invests heavily in the oil-and-gas industry, both in Canada and the US, because of the excellent return on the investment dollars.More news: PayPal agrees to buy iZettle for Dollars 2.2 bn
"If they refuse to do that we'll take them to court and we'll challenge the constitutionality of their bill", Eby told reporters.
"Horgan knows that he's not going to win in court, he knows that he's not going to win the plight of public opinion, he's hoping to scare away the investors", Nenshi said.
Eby said he also wanted to make it clear that B.C. will pursue damages if Alberta uses its bill to punish British Columbians.
Val Litwin, with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, says turning down the taps would not be received well in his province but says the legislation is focusing attention and spurring debate on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The Liberals still don't have a concrete plan of action to remove delays.More news: National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick
Morneau's statements are "rhetoric and hyperbole", Premier Horgan said. "From day one, Horgan has known that he can not block this project and chose to play politics instead of working for the best interests of British Columbians".
Canada's federal government will cover financial losses a pipeline builder might suffer if British Colombia's provincial government continues to obstruct the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the country's finance minister said Wednesday.
Horgan and Wilkinson were together in Chilliwack Wednesday visiting flooded communities.
"The risks facing this project go far beyond the B.C. government, and Kinder Morgan knows it", he further alleged.More news: Motorola Moto 1S announced - a G6 version with ZUI
He declined to say what sort of financial help or how much financial aid Ottawa could provide to Kinder Morgan. "We're waiting for Canada to follow suit".